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Title: An assessment of moral judgment of construction professionals in Hong Kong
Authors: Fan, LCN
Law, AOK
Keywords: Cognitive moral development (CMD)
Defining issues test (DIT)
Ethical decision-making
Moral judgment
Post-conventional schema score (P Score)
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Source: HKIE transactions, 2012, v. 19, no. 3, p. 17-24 How to cite?
Journal: HKIE transactions 
Abstract: The attention paid to professional ethics in the construction industry is increasing (HKIE and HKEDC, 2000; HKCIRC, 2001). The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) worked jointly with the Hong Kong Ethics Development Centre (HKEDC) and developed the ETHICS PLUS decision-making model for construction and engineering professionals to ensure that they prudently exercise judgment and discretion in resolving ethical dilemmas in the workplace (HKEDC, 1996). In the investigation of the process of ethical decision-making using ETHICS PLUS model, it is found that Hong Kong engineers are conscious about identifying problems and the relevant ethical issues but pay less attention to the welfare of all stakeholders. This paper presents an investigation of the moral judgment of Hong Kong construction professionals in resolving social dilemmas compared with professional dilemmas. The Defining Issues Test-1 (DIT-1) and test instrument containing cases related to the field of construction are used. The findings show that construction professionals scored differently in social cases and construction cases. The construction professionals responded as conventional rule-oriented decision makers on social issues and used post-conventional thinking to make judgment in a professional setting. This reflects that there is a discrepancy between the moral judgment of the construction practitioners on social issues and professional practice.
ISSN: 1023-697X
EISSN: 2326-3733
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