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Differences in stakeholder ability in addressing unethical practices: Insights from the surveying profession

Manu, Patrick; Agyekum, Kofi; Mahamadu, Abdul-Majeed; Olomolaiye, Paul; Adinyira, Emmanuel


Patrick Manu
Professor of Innovative Construction and Project Management

Kofi Agyekum

Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - CATE - AAE - UAAE0001

Paul Olomolaiye
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement

Emmanuel Adinyira


While several measures have been suggested to address unethical practices within the built environment, it remains unclear whether some stakeholders are more able to influence improvement in unethical practices than others, and if so whether such phenomenon manifests similarly or differently in different national contexts. This study pioneers the exploration of whether different built environment profession stakeholders (i.e., the practitioner/individual professional, the practitioner’s organization/company, and the professional body/association) have different abilities to influence improvement (i.e., positive change) in unethical practices, and subsequently whether such phenomenon manifests differently in different national contexts. The study used cross-sectional surveys of built environment surveying professionals in three countries: Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The findings revealed that there are significant differences in the abilities of stakeholders to influence improvement in unethical practices like political interference, discrimination, and nepotism. The findings further revealed that differences in stakeholder ability to influence improvement in unethical practices can manifest differently in different national contexts. The implication is that, in different national contexts, specific stakeholders could play a leading role in efforts to address unethical practices in which they are more capable of influencing improvement.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 29, 2019
Publication Date Oct 1, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2019
Journal Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Print ISSN 1052-3928
Electronic ISSN 1943-5541
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 145
Issue 4
Article Number 04019011
Keywords Strategy and Management; Industrial relations; Civil and Structural Engineering
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©2019 American Society of Civil Engineers. This is the authors accepted manuscript on an article that appears in the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice.

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