Ethical directions and cultural dimensions of construction professionals in Malaysia: With a framework of ethical decision making

Byung Gyoo Kang, Keh Vin Yee, Boon Hoe Goh, Wee Kang Choong, Tuck Wai Yeong

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Abstract

Corporate ethics and business ethics are becoming new requirements for a successful business in the 21st century. This trend continues to be strengthened throughout the industries and the construction industry cannot be exceptional. This research provides a practical framework of ethical decision making for construction together with the perceptions of construction professionals in respect to ethics and culture. A project factor approach is incorporated in the framework to reflect the unique feature of construction. The framework is based on Agent (virtue ethics) - Action (deontology) - Results (consequentialism) model and the stakeholder concept of construction projects. The framework also intends to identify the ethical directions - either mean-oriented or end-oriented. The effectiveness of the framework has been proved through a survey with construction professionals in Malaysia. The survey also includes cultural dimensions as ethic is a subset of culture. The outcomes of the survey shows that the construction professional in Malaysia are slightly more mean-oriented than end-oriented, and their cultural dimensions are more power oriented (PDI), more individualistic (IDV) and more masculine (MAS) compared to the Malaysia national level cultural dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Pages2875-2882
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 2nd Global Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, GCCSEE 2013 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 28 Sep 201329 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume838-841
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Conference

Conference2013 2nd Global Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, GCCSEE 2013
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShenzhen
Period28/09/1329/09/13

Keywords

  • Construction
  • Culture
  • Decision-making
  • Ethics
  • Malaysia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)

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