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Title: An investigation of ethical behaviour of construction professionals in quality management
Authors: Fan, LCN
Fox, PW 
Keywords: Professional ethics
Hong Kong construction industry
Quality management and decision-making models
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Source: In SM Ahmed et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-II), Hong Kong, 10-12 December 2003. Hong Kong : Dept. of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2003 How to cite?
Abstract: In the context of improving the performance of the construction industry, the values and attitudes of the major stakeholders have been shown to be of particular significance (Fox, 1999). In essence, the level of corruption can determine the efficiency and effectiveness of construction operations in all aspects, but especially in managing quality of construction output. To counter this negative influence, the construction professions have a major part to play in establishing and upholding ethical patterns of behaviour. The aim of this research is to explore the major factors and forces affecting the decision of construction professionals in facing ethical dilemmas and study the ethical decision-making steps they adopt. The research study began with a literature review, and was followed up through empirical data using case studies. A set of Hong Kong cases, which involved corruption in the HK construction industry, were substantially reviewed and significant cases during 1997 to 2001 were selected for study. The major source of the Cases was the ‘Reason of Sentence’ from The District Court, The Government of Hong Kong Special Administration, supplemented with the press release of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong. In this paper we present our initial findings about what kind of forces and factors drive professionals to betray the road of ethics and professionalism. Our findings tentatively evaluate the Ethics-Plus model for use by practitioners to help them in making ethical decisions.
ISBN: 988-97370-1-9
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