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Title: STUDY OF SINGAPORE CONTRACTING FIRMS ON CONSTRUCTION ETHICS
Authors: SIAH LAY PENG COLLEN
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Low Sui Pheng
2010/2011 PFM
Issue Date: 20-May-2011
Citation: SIAH LAY PENG COLLEN (2011-05-20). STUDY OF SINGAPORE CONTRACTING FIRMS ON CONSTRUCTION ETHICS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The construction industry has often been regarded by the public as a sector with poor ethical practice. As construction is a global business with direct effect on its stakeholders, ethical performance has to be considered. This study explores the ethical practices of Singapore’s contracting firms, examines the eight ethical principles and manages the issues pertaining to construction ethics through Scott’s (2008) Regulative, Normative and Cultural-Cognitive institutional framework. The objectives of this research are to validate the reasons and effectiveness of instilling ethical values, appraise the importance of the core ethical values perceived by contractors and verify the applicability of the ethical principles in Scott’s (2008) framework. The methodologies used in this research paper were based on surveys and interviews. Based on the research objectives and previous literatures, a questionnaire survey was first developed, pilot tested and conducted. The Statistical Package for Social Science was used to analyze the survey data where descriptive statistics and one sample t test were applied. Face-to-face interviews were subsequently designed, pilot tested and conducted. The survey findings showed that construction ethics were evident in the industry and the proposed measures in Scott’s (2008) framework were applicable. All the eight ethical principles were also considered important with the “Principle of do no harm”, “Principle of honesty or integrity” and “Principle of fidelity” as the three most important principles. This research concludes that the interview results contradicted the survey findings and literature reviews as some information was only true to a certain extent in the Singapore context. Besides, companies only viewed the ethical principles and the proposed measures as a guide. However, there is a high possibility that the proposed measures in the Regulative framework would be implemented as companies appeared to obey the rules set by the authorities. Overall, limitations of this research are the relatively small survey and interview sample size as compared to the wide spectrum of contracting firms in Singapore owing to time constraint and sensitivity of the topic, and the subjective perspectives on each rating of the five-point Likert scale used in the questionnaire.
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