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Decision-making models for handling ethical dilemmas


By KBL781 - Posted on 15 June 2010

TitleDecision-making models for handling ethical dilemmas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsFan, Linda C. N.
JournalMunicipal Engineer
Volume156
Issue4
Pagination229-234
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number09650903
Accession Number18131535
Keywordsapplied , authority , codes , DECISION , ENGINEERING , PROBLEM , professional , SOCIAL , statistical
Abstract

This paper compares several ethical decision-making models and analyses the step-by-step procedures laid out in them. This study finds that three critical steps in the handling of ethical dilemmas are: (a) assessing potential consequences and effects of actions, (b) determining the problem and ethical issues, and (c) reviewing legal requirements and code of ethics. The three key factors influencing ethical decisions are legal requirements, duty and obligation towards own organisation, and professional code of conduct. It is also found that the three key stakeholders affecting decision-making are the own self, the public, and the employer.

Notes

Fan, Linda C. N. 1; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor, Building and Real Estate Department, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.; Source Info: Dec2003, Vol. 156 Issue 4, p229; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: APPLIED ethics; Subject Term: AUTHORITY; Subject Term: PROBLEM solving; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Author-Supplied Keyword: codes of practices & standards; Author-Supplied Keyword: social impact; Author-Supplied Keyword: statistical analysis; Number of Pages: 6p; Document Type: Article

DOI10.1680/muen.2003.156.4.229
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