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Entrepreneurialism and the ethics of professional engineers

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. G.J. Rossouw en_US
dc.contributor.author Read, Henry William
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T06:39:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T06:39:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7510
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this modem era there is a perceptible move away from the narrow vocational working basis of engineers towards a more expansive entrepreneurial paradigm. But this new way of working has also resulted in ethical tensions between the entrepreneur and the professional concepts. The principal aim of this research is to understand the impact of entrepreneurialism on the professional ethics of the entrepreneurial engineer. The research methodology is based on a study of literary data, private discussions with practitioners and the personal experience of the author. In order to contextualise the engineering profession in relation to management and entrepreneurialism a short historical overview is given. Then the dialectical terms "profession" and "entrepreneur" are defined in the context of the research. Thereafter the shift required by the current professional engineers code of ethics to embrace the requirements of the new entrepreneurial engineering professional is analysed. Two case studies are used to illustrate the ethical tensions and currents that can develop in a real world situation. The first case study concerns the relationship between professional engineers and the management structure of an organisation. In the second case study, the question of the entrepreneurial engineering professional and clients is examined. These two case studies reinforce the urgent need for a complete overhaul of the current code of ethics for professional engineers. A postulation is made that any new code of ethics must have as a point of departure a system of "shared values". In order to develop an agenda for the establishment of such a code of ethics that will also accommodate the aspirations of the entrepreneurial engineering professional, Newton's model for entrepreneurial ethics is proposed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Engineering ethics en_US
dc.subject Entrepreneurship - Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject Professional ethics en_US
dc.title Entrepreneurialism and the ethics of professional engineers en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US

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