Widening the industrial competence base: Integrating ethics into engineering education

Pia Lappalainen*

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    Amidst the macroeconomic, social, and industrial trends altering the industrial operating environment, calls have been made to shift attention from specialized but narrow technical content of engineering education to a broader competence base that better accommodates societal demands. This chapter focuses on the micro-level ethical conduct that materializes in face-to-face interaction in engineering teams. The chapter serves three aims: first, it defines the key concepts employed in the discussion. Second, it offers an account of the worth and impacts of investments in emotive skills in the engineering world. Finally, it describes a pedagogic experiment in incorporating ethics into engineering degree studies at Aalto University, Finland. The ultimate objective is to propose a teaching practice that would turn the currently marginal attempts to include ethical topics in engineers' syllabi into a mainstream mindset and philosophy that dictates decisions and drives conduct in future engineering communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLeadership and Personnel Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466696259
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2016
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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