Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World

  • Colleen Murphy
  • Paolo Gardoni
  • Hassan Bashir
  • Charles E. Harris, Jr.
  • Eyad Masad

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Colleen Murphy, Paolo Gardoni, Hassan Bashir, Charles E. Harris Jr., Eyad Masad
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ethical Issues in a Globalized World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Noreen M. Surgrue, Timothy G. McCarthy
      Pages 79-90
    3. Charles E. Harris Jr.
      Pages 91-107
    4. Khalid Mir
      Pages 127-141
    5. George C. Wang, John S. Buckeridge
      Pages 143-164
  4. Implications for Engineering Ethics Education

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 281-282

About this book


This volume identifies, discusses and addresses the wide array of ethical issues that have emerged for engineers due to the rise of a global economy. To date, there has been no systematic treatment of the particular challenges globalization poses for engineering ethics standards and education. This volume concentrates on precisely this challenge. Scholars and practitioners from diverse national and professional backgrounds discuss the ethical issues emerging from the inherent symbiotic relationship between the engineering profession and globalization. Through their discussions a deeper and more complete understanding of the precise ways in which globalization impacts the formulation and justification of ethical standards in engineering as well as the curriculum and pedagogy of engineering ethics education emerges.

The world today is witnessing an unprecedented demand for engineers and other science and technology professionals with advanced degrees due to both the off-shoring of western jobs and the rapid development of non-Western countries. The current flow of technology and professionals is from the West to the rest of the world. Professional practices followed by Western (or Western-trained) engineers are often based on presuppositions which can be in fundamental disagreement with the viewpoints of non-Westerners. A successful engineering solution cannot be simply technically sound, but also must account for cultural, social and religious constraints. For these reasons, existing Western standards cannot simply be exported to other countries.

Divided into two parts, Part I of the volume provides an overview of particular dimensions of globalization and the criteria that an adequate engineering ethics framework must satisfy in a globalized world. Part II of the volume considers pedagogical challenges and aims in engineering ethics education that is global in character.


engineering codes engineering ethics engineering practice international ethics international standards interprofessional ethics professional ethics professional registration responsible conduct virtue ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Colleen Murphy
    • 1
  • Paolo Gardoni
    • 2
  • Hassan Bashir
    • 3
  • Charles E. Harris, Jr.
    • 4
  • Eyad Masad
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Texas A&M University at QatarDohaQatar
  4. 4.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  5. 5.Texas A&M University at QatarDohaQatar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-18259-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-18260-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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