Engineering ethics and business ethics: commonalities for a comprehensive code of ethics

TitleEngineering ethics and business ethics: commonalities for a comprehensive code of ethics
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsPayne, D
Conference NameIEEE Region 5, 2003 Annual Technical Conference
Pagination81-87
Date Published11 April 2003
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , codes , ENGINEERING , ethical , ethics , governmental , Legislation , professional
AbstractA comprehensive study of business ethics and engineering ethics has lead to the conclusion that good ethics in engineering is very similar to good business ethics practices. In fact, good business ethics on an engineer's part should be equatable to good engineering ethics. One anomaly specific to engineers, however, is the myriad of codes of conduct that the engineer may be encouraged or even mandated by professional societies and/or by governmental regulatory agencies to abide by. The authors attempt to bring into alignment basic principles to be found about workable codes of ethics (business or engineering) and in them. The initial stages of development of a single code of business ethics that is compatible with and applicable to engineers or any other professional or business person can only bring positive clarity in discussion of matters that should be standardized everywhere, especially in the "physics" oriented world of right and wrong that is engineering.
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