Science and Engineering Ethics 3 (2):171-212 (1997)

Michael Davis
Illinois Institute of Technology
This article is concerned with ways better communication between engineers and their managers might help prevent engineers being faced with some of the ethical problems that make up the typical course in engineering ethics. Beginning with observations concerning the Challenger disaster, the article moves on to report results of empirical research on the way technical communication breaks down, or doesn’t break down, between engineers and managers. The article concludes with nine recommendations for organizational change to help prevent communications breakdown.
Keywords ethics  organizations  disaster  Challenger  managers  technology
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-997-0008-4
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