Ethics in Construction Industry

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Professional Ethics and Construction5

Professional Ethics5

The case in Ethiopia13

Ethical Issues15

Construction Business and Ethics22



The group would like to take this opportunity to thank our Ethics and Legal Environment Instructor, Dr. Tilahun Goshu, who gave us the chance to explore the ethical issues in the construction industry at present time.


Construction is the largest industry in the world, benefiting all stakeholders. Improved productivity thought virtuous collaborating will help in bringing to the owner a quality facility, in a shorter time, at lower cost. When we look to ethics in the area of construction quality, time and cost are the area of concern to focus. The architect/engineer focuses on the value-added design activity rather than spending effort to resolve a problem arise between the disappointed owners and the contractors. Contractors focus on their strengths of quality of work and efficient building execution in general.

The construction industry today has been built on the needs of the world’s inhabitants to provide shelter, conquer distances, harness energy, create public spaces, protect from natural disasters, and build historical monuments. These basic human needs have not changed over time even though the process and environment in which the designer and constructor operate have become increasingly more complicated. Government regulations, environmental permits, and other bureaucratic controls continue to grow. Projects also continue to get larger and more technical, requiring more specialized people, high-tech equipment, and better control systems. This trend will require that tomorrow professionals have technical, business, organizational, ethical, and leadership know-how to complete their construction projects successfully, the key word being ethical.

In this dynamic world it is easy to lose track...
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