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Professional Ethics in Construction and Engineering

A comprehensive and incisive how-to guide that walks readers through the implementation of robust ethical standards in everyday construction management and decision-making

Recent and high-profile incidents—including the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy and the Lakanal House fire in 2009—have been attributed to failures in the building construction, design, and certification industries. Some commentators have suggested that, while professional construction organizations are bound by codes of ethics, such codes may be downplayed or sometimes even ignored in the day-to-day activities of construction professionals.

Professional Ethics in Construction and Engineering is a practical and industry-aligned guide on ethical practice in construction management. The book addresses how existing ethical standards should be applied in daily practice and offers case studies and examples to illustrate their effective implementation. The author also provides a toolkit that can be employed by frontline managers facing common ethical dilemmas.

Readers will find:

  • Thorough discussions of how problematic and dangerous ethical situations arise and how they should be addressed
  • In-depth explorations of conflicts between legal and moral expectations, as well as mismatches between clients’ business goals and the duties of contracting organizations
  • Playbooks for how impactful decisions should be made and how to uphold ethical standards and values
  • Comprehensive review of existing ethical standards and the legal requirements binding construction professionals found in organizations like RICS, RIBA, and the CIOB

A must-read document for construction management practitioners, Professional Ethics in Construction and Engineering will also be invaluable to construction clients, contractors, surveyors, and architects, as well as students of construction-related disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Author Biography
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgement
  8. List of Figures
  9. List of Tables
  10. List of Appendices
  11. List of Abbreviations
  12. 2 Application of Ethics in the Context of the Construction Industry
  13. 3 The Significance and Relevance of Ethics
  14. 4 Ethical Dilemmas for Construction Practitioners
  15. 5 Types and Examples of Unethical Conduct and Corruption
  16. 6 Regulation and Governance of Ethical Standards and Expectations
  17. 7 Ethical Project Controls in Construction Management
  18. 8 Developing an Ethics Toolkit, as a Practical Guide for Managing Projects
  19. 9 Ethical Selection and Appointment Processes for the Construction Industry
  20. 10 Codes of Conduct for Professional Ethics
  21. 11 Implications in Practice for Ethics in the Construction Industry
  22. 12 Summary of Key Points, Reflections, Overview and Closing Remarks
  23. Appendix A Anti Bribery Policy
  24. Appendix B Counter Fraud and Response Policy
  25. Appendix C Criminal Finances Act Policy
  26. Appendix D Template for the Gateway 1 Project Proposal
  27. Appendix E Template for the Gateway 3 Business Case Process Business Case
  28. Appendix F Example of a Contractor Competency Questionnaire
  29. Appendix G Example of a Project Execution Plan (PEP)
  30. Appendix H Example of a Health and Safety Contractor’s Handbook
  31. Appendix I RICS Regulations and Guidance Notes
  32. Appendix J RICS Frequently Asked Questions Document Linked to Their Global Professional and Ethical Standards
  33. Glossary of Terms
  34. Index
  35. End User License Agreement
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