Engineering Ethics: A System Dynamics Approach by ProQuest

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Engineering practice takes place within the complex social, cultural, legal, economic, technological, and organizational system. Within this context, the engineer is expected not only to solve the technical design problem but also to satisfy broader norms and expectations, which may not be consistent with each other or with the highest standards of design. They also are not always explicitly expressed. These expectations may push the engineer toward unethical or even illegal behavior. The forces or factors in a particular instance include the values held by the engineering profession as a whole, the individual engineer's value set, the values of the employing organization, and attendant socioeconomic pressures. Individual, professional, and organizational values are not static but rather evolving responses to both long-term and short-term environmental forces. Thus, engineering ethics, both on the individual and profession-as-a-whole scale, can usefully be understood and modeled as systems phenomena. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									                    Engineering Ethics: A System Dynamics Approach
                                         George Geistauts, University of Alaska Anchorage
                                          Elisha Baker, IV, University of Alaska Anchorage
                                               Ted Eschenbach, PE, TGE Consulting


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 complex social, cultural, legal, economic, technological, and             how to do this better.
 organizational system. Within this context, the engineer is
								
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