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Today, construction professionals gain integrity to some extent through a corporate ethical code of conduct as well as through the policies formulated by professional bodies. However, codes of conduct and legislation alone are insufficient to ensure ethical conduct within the construction industry. An important aspect of ethics in the construction industry is ‘professional ethics” often interpreted by construction professionals as merely treating others with the same degree of honesty that they would like to be afforded themselves. It has been suggested, however, that professionals in general tend to believe that their obligations to their client far outweigh their responsibility to others.
In the Middle East, the common forms of unethical conduct observed within the construction industry includes the improper treatment of labourers, the awarding of contracts to companies in which an interest is held and exaggeration of experience or academic achievement in resumes and applications. Previous studies have looked at how socio-economic and political factors play a role in formulating construction related ethical positions, but few have considered the role of moral guidance based on religious instruction which is a major driving force for ethical practice within society, particularly in the Arab world. Islamic teachings thus appear to focus on the pragmatic aspects of life while asserting the humanistic and spiritual needs of its devotees. This suggests that the Islamic teachings may well set the foundation for the construction industry based on ethics, in societies where they are recognised.
Using Dubai as a model, this paper seeks to provide an insight into current professional ethical practices in the construction industry regionally and proposes a paradigm shift in understanding ethics through the writings of Al-Ghazali.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 27 Nov 2006|
|Event||International Conference on Construction Culture, Innovation and Management - Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
Duration: 26 Nov 2006 → 29 Nov 2006
|Conference||International Conference on Construction Culture, Innovation and Management|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Period||26/11/06 → 29/11/06|
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Changing the Paradigm for Understanding Ethics in the Construction Industry: An Historical Perspective from the Tradition of Muslim
Imran Malik (Speaker) & Kasim Randeree (Speaker)27 Nov 2006
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
Models for Leading with Organizational Justice: Equitable Management of the Human Resource in Diverse Environments.Randeree, K. & Malik, I., 2008, In: International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. 7, 6, p. 65-70 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
The Legacy of Muhammad Al-Ghazzali (1058-1111): Foundation for an Equitable Economy in Contemporary Middle Eastern Society?Randeree, K. & Malik, I., Jul 2006, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Randeree, K. & Malik, I., 2006, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract › peer-reviewFile