The Application of Professional and Ethical Codes in the Construction Industry: A Managerial View

By Peter T. Fewings.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Corporate social responsibility reports are now required by the many Governments to supplement the accountability of large corporations and to increase their accountability to all stakeholders some of which have showed an increased interest in more sustainable practices. For contracting corporations this has put pressure on them to provide more influence on the design and the production processes to provide an ethical approach in the economic, social and environmental areas. Communities, employees, government bodies and investors amongst others all have an interest and require adequate and appropriate communication. They may also exercise power to change what they see as outdated or unacceptable practices. The influence of the policies is assessed at the managerial level for the purpose of this paper and largely qualitative methods are being used to provide some insight into their effectiveness and the longer term balance of power.

Keywords: Ethical Practice, Sustainability, Stakeholder Communications, Power

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.141-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.092MB).

Mr Peter T. Fewings

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, UK

Lecturer and researcher. He spent 13 years as a project manager for new build and refurbishment building projects. He carried out research into the development of tender price indices using computer based multiple regression analysis and attained a masters research degree. Research interest moved to the introduction of the construction products directive and the need to standardise the design and compliance of design,factory production quality and site installation to quality,environmental and safety requirements.He won European research and technology transfer monies to set up a database and to support SME designers,manufacturers and public bodies seeking to meet new standards. Author of books on health and safety and project management. Current research into business ethics in the construction industry looking particularly at the area of trust and collaboration and connecting this with the drive for more partnership and negotiated procurement methods in the industry and the necessity to build up closer business relationships with the client and project teams.


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