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Organizational Behavior Management For Engineering Research And Development: A Classroom Experience In Ethical Engineering And Management Intervention

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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EM Skills and Real-World Concepts, Pt. 1

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9.972.1 - 9.972.10

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Hamid Khan

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Session 2642

Organizational Behavior Management for Engineering Research and Development: A Classroom Experience in Ethical Engineering and Management Intervention

Hamid Khan Our Lady of the Lake University Graduate School of Business Administration

Engineers must be exposed to R & D management with the clear understanding of how Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) works for them from an ethical perspective in R & D environment. Organizational Behavior Management began as the application of behavior analysis in R & D organizational setting to improve engineering ethics. This discipline’s main focus is on the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Organizational behavior modification is that field of ethics education which can be appropriately applied to product safety research and for displaying engineering ethics in product marketing. A case study of engineering/medical device will be monitored for effect on student ethics in a classroom setting, with a view to exhibiting proper and appropriate individual (whistle blower) behavior and collective behavior (organizational behavior).

The goal of this paper is to explore in the classroom setting the contributions of OBM to ethical performance improvement for engineers engaged in R & D. Through a case analysis it is hoped to bring about the importance of OBM. With the application of a fundamental principle of psychology B = f (O, E), "Behavior is a function of interactions between a person (O) and that person's environment (E)," we will try to look at R & D performance and see why designs fail and managers cover up flaws, which should have been known to the public, as in Dow Corning, Ford Pinto or NASA shuttle disaster cases.

APPLICATION OF ORGANIZATION BEHAVIOR MANAGEMNET Students must understand business practices and the following vocabulary to be impacted by ethical training: financial gain and profit motive, ethical standards in business, financially successful business, relevance of moral values, rules of business, and the game of business, the act-utilitarianism, and the rule-utilitarianism. Proper input will impact upon behavior of individuals in an organizational setting and this is called organizational behavior management. To monitor the impact students were given a MBTI pretest and a posttest as well a business cynicism pretest and posttest.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Khan, H. (2004, June), Organizational Behavior Management For Engineering Research And Development: A Classroom Experience In Ethical Engineering And Management Intervention Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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