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An investigation of the differences in ethical perceptions among construction managers and their peers

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Joanna Poon
Previous research on ethical perceptions of managers and their peers show a consistent result, managers think they have higher ethical standards than their peers. The aim of this paper is to study the ethical perceptions of construction managers and their peers. The method for conducting the study is through a questionnaire survey among UK construction managers. Three hundred and seven questionnaires were distributed; ninety-three completed questionnaires were completed and returned. The overall results show that the construction mangers believe they have higher ethical standards than their peers. The ethical perceptions which are exceptions to this are cooperation between firms to establish common prices is an unfair act and whistleblowing, the respondents think their peers have higher ethical standards on these two issues. The managers in the current and previous studies think they are more ethical than their peers on dealing with the issue such as having low level of personal honesty. The difference between the current and previous studies is that the construction mangers think they have much higher ethical standards than their peers on the issue providing trade secrets in order to exchange for personal benefits.



Association of Researchers in Construction Management. Conference (20th : 2004 : Edinburgh, Scotland)


985 - 993




Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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E1.1 Full written paper - refereed


F Khosrowshahi

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ARCOM 2004 : Proceedings of Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Edinburgh,Scotland

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