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Exploring Team Social Responsibility in Multidisciplinary Design Teams

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Ethical Awareness and Social Responsibility in a Corporate/Team Context

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

Page Count

17

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https://peer.asee.org/30496

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38

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Katharine E. Miller Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Katharine E. Miller is a second-year doctoral student studying Organizational Communication and Public Relations at Purdue University, with minors in corporate social responsibility and research methods.

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Carla B. Zoltowski Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Carla B. Zoltowski is an assistant professor of engineering practice in the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering and (by courtesy) Engineering Education at Purdue University. She holds a B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Purdue. Prior to this she was Co-Director of the EPICS Program at Purdue where she was responsible for developing curriculum and assessment tools and overseeing the research efforts within EPICS. Her academic and research interests include the professional formation of engineers, diversity and inclusion in engineering, human-centered design, engineering ethics, leadership, service-learning, and accessibility and assistive-technology.

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Patrice Marie Buzzanell University of South Florida

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Patrice M. Buzzanell is a Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the School of Engineering Education (courtesy) at Purdue University. Editor of three books and author of over 150 articles and chapters, her research centers on the intersections of career, gender communication, leadership, and resilience. Fellow and past president of the International Communication Association, she has received numerous awards for her research, teaching/mentoring, and engagement. She is working on Purdue-ADVANCE initiatives for institutional change, the Transforming Lives Building Global Communities (TLBGC) team in Ghana through EPICS, and individual engineering ethical development and team ethical climate scales as well as everyday negotiations of ethics in design through NSF funding as Co-PI. [Email: buzzanel@purdue.edu]

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David Torres Purdue University, West Lafayette

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David is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University pursuing a PhD in Organizational Communication with a minor in data analysis and research methodology. His research interests reside at the intersection of organizational communication, identity, design, and organizational ethics.

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Danielle Corple Purdue University

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Danielle Corple is a Ph.D. student in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She studies organizational communication as well as qualitative and computational research methods. Her specific research interests are gender, organizing, and ethics in online and offline contexts.

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Megan Kenny Feister California State University, Channel Islands

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Megan Kenny Feister is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication at California State University Channel Islands. She previously held a postdoctoral research position working on her grant funded research in Engineering Projects in Community Service at Purdue University. She is a recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation dissertation grant and co-wrote a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation and postdoctoral work in Organizational Communication at Purdue. Her primary research interests include collaboration and innovation; negotiations of expertise in team-based organizational work; team processes and decision-making; ethical reasoning, constitution, and processes; engineering design; technology and its impacts on organizational and personal life; network analysis; as well as organizational identity, identification, and culture.

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Abstract

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) provides organizations with ways of contributing to social well-being over and above profit maximization and legal obligations by considering wider stakeholders’ influences and interests. Similarly, we contend that teams within organizational contexts also have responsibilities and multilevel impacts to consider. This paper introduces our notion of team social responsibility (TSR) to enable us to examine how members perceive and enact their accountability to both internal and external stakeholders affected by their work. We focus on engineering design teams embedded within a service-learning program at a large, Midwestern university to explicate how TSR contributes to theory and practice in engineering education, particularly in preparing students for their professional endeavors beyond the classroom. Findings suggest tensions in student perceptions of self-vs-team responsibility, particularly in attributions of responsibilities or obligations to their project partners, to their team members through team dynamics and individual roles, and to multiple stakeholders. This study is unique in its goal of expanding work on social responsibility and moral decision-making, specifically in terms of engineering pedagogy.

Miller, K. E., & Zoltowski, C. B., & Buzzanell, P. M., & Torres, D., & Corple, D., & Kenny Feister, M. (2018, June), Exploring Team Social Responsibility in Multidisciplinary Design Teams Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30496

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