Ethical life cycle of an innovation

Journal of Business Ethics 39 (1-2):21 - 27 (2002)

Product safety has always been one of the main problems in engineering ethics. At times it has been discussed as primarily a problem of engineering ethics. However the right to safety is one of the four fundamental consumer rights and so it is an important theme also in business ethics. At the same time the problem of product safety is inseparably connected with business effectiveness: how much can we spend on product safety without making our production unprofitable?Below we will present a possible treatment of the safety problem in teaching business ethics to post-graduate industrial engineering students – as we deal with the problem in Tallinn Technical University.
Keywords consumer's relative incompetence  innovation management, product ethical life cycle (stage of ignorance, stage of ethical dilemma, stage of legal regulations)  producer's ethical sensitivity, product safety
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DOI 10.1023/A:1016319714894
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