Virtual On line
June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
This study applied Critical Incident Technique (CIT) to identify potential causes of changes in ways of experiencing ethical engineering practice in the health products industry. We use the term change broadly to refer to any shift, refinement, or reaffirmation in one’s way of experiencing. We applied CIT to study 25 interviews with engineering practitioners from health product industry across three industry sectors: orthopedics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. CIT analysis began with one researcher identifying potentially critical incidents while guided by three criteria. Next, two other researchers reviewed each potential incident, which led to the identification of 81 incidents across the interviews. After review and finalization of incidents, we utilized an inductive and iterative thematic analysis process to identify distinct types of incidents. Critical incidents have been sorted into 25 themes and seven categories which represented potential causes of changes in ways of experiencing engineering ethics in the health products industry. Categories included: (1) Cultural Immersion, (2) Acting Ethically, (3) Ethical Failures, (4) Interpersonal Encounters, (5) Mentorship and Management, (6) Reflection and Association, and (7) Prior Ethics Training. These findings suggest the importance of workplace culture in changing or solidifying individuals’ ways of experiencing ethical practice. These findings can inform post-secondary engineering ethics instruction as well as workplace training.
Kim, D., & Hess, J. L., & Fila, N. D. (2020, June), Experiencing Ethical Engineering Practice Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34632
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2020 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015