Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Schedule, and Risk--Lessons Learned From the Space Shuttle

Cambridge University Press (1997)
How do engineers respond to ethical dilemmas that occur in practice? How do they view their individual and collective responsibilities? How do they make decisions before all the facts are in? Using the space shuttle programme as the framework, this book examines the role of ethical decision making in the practice of engineering. In particular, the book considers the design and development of the main engines of the space shuttle as a paradigm for how individual engineers perceive, articulate, and resolve ethical dilemmas in a large, complex organisation. A series of in-depth case studies show engineers at work on various stages of the project as they balance budgets, deadlines and risks. By documenting the historical development of a single system, the book provides a unique opportunity to explore the complex interactions between political, organisational and technical pressures and engineering and management decisions.
Keywords Engineering ethics  Decision making Moral and ethical aspects  Space shuttles Case studies
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book $0.96 used (100% off)   $24.99 new (76% off)   $99.99 direct from Amazon    Amazon page
Call number TA157.E673 1997
ISBN(s) 0521437504   0521431719   9780521437509
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 16,707
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Chuck Huff & William Frey (2005). Moral Pedagogy and Practical Ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (3):389-408.

View all 10 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

10 ( #235,035 of 1,726,249 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #369,877 of 1,726,249 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.