Ethics for the Built Environment

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-27
  • Publisher: Taylor & Franci

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Praise for Construction Project Management by Peter Fewings: The complexity of the subject matter has at least been reinforced in an informative document with a large helping of common sense ... written in a comprehensive and well structured manner. Building Engineer Magazine Ethics are not an optional extra for the professional in the built environment sector. Whether you're a civil engineer, an architect or a construction project manager, an understanding of the ethical context of your work is an institutional requirement and a commercial demand, not to mention a matter of personal pride. Sometimes, as a construction professional you will be faced with complicated dilemmas, as commercial responsibilities clash with health and safety, environmental or competition concerns. Peter Fewings brings together practical construction project management experience with ethical theory to establish how best to deal with difficult issues.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. xv
List of tablesp. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
The built environmentp. 2
Responsibilities and stakeholdersp. 2
Methodology and structure of the bookp. 4
Ethical decision-makingp. 5
Notesp. 6
Theory and applicationp. 7
Development of an ethical framework and the built environmentp. 9
Development of building and its impact on ethicsp. 9
Integrated professional behaviourp. 12
The basis of ethics - good and bad, right and wrongp. 12
Right and wrongp. 20
Application to the built environmentp. 24
Conclusionp. 27
Notesp. 28
Ethical dilemmas and decision-makingp. 29
Definition and contextp. 29
Kohlberg's stages of moral reasoningp. 30
Background of ethical perceptionp. 33
Ethical perceptions - business and professional practicep. 35
Classic ethical dilemmasp. 38
Ethical dilemmas in the built environmentp. 39
Planning dilemmasp. 39
Property development and management dilemmasp. 41
The designer's dilemmap. 43
Construction dilemmasp. 47
Assessing 99 per cent situationsp. 49
Labour dilemmasp. 52
Ethical decision-making modelsp. 53
Conclusionp. 58
Notesp. 58
Business ethics and corporate social responsibility policyp. 61
Business ethicsp. 61
Objections to an ethical code and moral responsibilityp. 64
Code frameworkp. 65
A business ethic modelp. 67
Corporate social responsibility (CSR)p. 68
Rationale for social and environmental reportingp. 74
Sustainable constructionp. 77
CSR in constructionp. 78
CSR reporting surveyp. 80
Tradingp. 83
Conclusionp. 84
Notesp. 84
The development of professional ethical codesp. 87
Definitionp. 87
Professional exclusivenessp. 88
Professional competencep. 90
Professional rules of conduct in the built environmentp. 93
Built environment and the rulesp. 100
Transparency in construction trading relationshipsp. 101
Ethical leadershipp. 108
The Considerate Contractors Schemep. 111
Conclusionp. 112
Notesp. 114
Discrimination and human resource ethics in the built environmentp. 116
Diversity and equalityp. 116
Human rightsp. 117
Employment and the psychological contractp. 125
Recruitment, selection and retentionp. 133
Developing economiesp. 136
Learning organisations, training and developmentp. 138
Absenteeism and presenteeismp. 140
The labour forcep. 140
Conclusionp. 145
Notesp. 146
The ethics of construction quality, safety, health and welfarep. 149
Fit for purposep. 149
Learning from the statisticsp. 150
Occurrence of accidents, dangerous and health incidentsp. 151
Ethical approach to health and safetyp. 152
Responsibilities for health and safety in the construction life cyclesp. 154
Building managersp. 158
Risk assessment and moral hot air (virtual morality)p. 160
Quality and moral imaginationp. 162
Changing culturep. 165
Conclusionp. 169
Notesp. 170
The planning ethicsp. 171
Questionsp. 172
Development planning in the UKp. 172
Ethics of development control decisionsp. 175
Basis of planning decisionsp. 178
Different planner rolesp. 181
Facing moral problemsp. 184
Housing supply and sustainability imperatives in the UKp. 186
Conclusionp. 187
Notesp. 188
Ethics of sustainability: a UK examplep. 189
Sustainable developmentp. 189
Environmental accounting and motivationp. 193
Urban planning and sustainabilityp. 201
Sustainable procurementp. 203
Sustainable constructionp. 205
The environmental management ethicp. 209
Measuring sustainabilityp. 209
Conclusionp. 212
Notesp. 214
Trust and relationshipsp. 216
Contracts and trustp. 216
Definitionp. 217
The case for trust in constructionp. 220
Trustworthiness, values and ethicsp. 228
Trust in professionalsp. 232
Trust in practicep. 233
Trust and riskp. 236
Conclusionp. 240
Notesp. 240
Bribery and corruptionp. 243
Business and professional environmentsp. 243
Dealing with corruptionp. 250
Corruption in the construction business and competitionp. 253
Competitive biddingp. 260
Competition and collusionp. 264
Corruption in property dealsp. 269
Money launderingp. 272
Achieving reform of corrupt valuep. 273
Conclusionp. 274
Appendix Corruption and bribe payers indicesp. 275
Notesp. 278
Delivering ethical improvement through contractual good faithp. 281
The construction contextp. 281
The wider contextp. 282
Partnering and good faithp. 283
The newer contract formsp. 284
The duty of good faithp. 285
Other stimuli towards the introduction of a duty of good faithp. 286
Judicial hostility?p. 288
How best to deliver what the parties want?p. 289
Conclusionp. 290
Notesp. 291
Case studies of good practicep. 293
The case studiesp. 293
Comparison of CSR between a developer and a contractorp. 297
Introductionp. 297
The contractorp. 297
The developerp. 297
Conclusionp. 300
Notep. 300
Partnering trust and risk managementp. 301
Introductionp. 301
Transparency and riskp. 301
Value for moneyp. 302
Trust and working togetherp. 303
Quality, integrity and achievementp. 303
Change managementp. 304
Risk managementp. 305
Sustainability and whole life costsp. 305
Site efficienciesp. 306
Ethicsp. 306
Conclusionp. 310
Acknowledgementsp. 310
Notesp. 310
Roofing contractors collusion case studyp. 311
Introductionp. 311
Corporate penaltyp. 311
Individual penaltyp. 312
The group casesp. 312
Discussionp. 314
Notesp. 315
The Heathrow T5 major projects agreement vs false employmentp. 316
Introductionp. 316
Self-employment in the UK construction industryp. 316
Heathrow Terminal 5 (T5)p. 319
Acknowledgementp. 321
Notesp. 321
Health and safety systems in a large PFI hospitalp. 322
Introductionp. 322
Health and safety policy and ethicsp. 322
Management involvementp. 325
Achievementsp. 327
Conclusionp. 328
Acknowledgementp. 328
Stroud District Council planning case studyp. 329
Introductionp. 329
Development control policy frustrations and ethicsp. 330
Stroud District Council (SDC)p. 331
Conclusionp. 335
Notesp. 335
The use of training to establish small-scale organisations in constructionp. 336
Introductionp. 336
Enabling an ethical and strategic entrepreneurial outlookp. 336
The centrality of health and safety ethicsp. 337
The training structurep. 338
The E schemep. 338
Reflection on the ethics of the projectp. 341
Conclusionp. 342
Acknowledgementsp. 342
Notesp. 343
Manufacturing quality and trading relationshipsp. 344
Introductionp. 344
Manufacturingp. 344
Building up trust with the contractor and clientp. 346
Conclusionp. 349
Acknowledgementp. 350
Notep. 350
Educational partnership and sustainable contractingp. 351
Introductionp. 351
The agreementp. 351
The programmep. 352
Conclusionp. 354
Acknowledgementp. 355
Notep. 355
Trust and relationships in a mega property developmentp. 356
Introductionp. 356
Purpose of the development and stakeholder managementp. 356
Procurement and managementp. 357
Objectives and stakeholder consultationp. 358
The development of trust during the construction stagep. 358
Conclusionp. 364
Notesp. 365
Making it workp. 366
Education and ethical dialoguep. 366
Indexp. 368
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