TITLE

ETHICS, TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, AND INNOVATION

AUTHOR(S)
di Norcia, Vincent
PUB. DATE
July 1994
SOURCE
Business Ethics Quarterly;Jul94, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p235
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The aim of this essay is to present a model of ethical technology management which assumes that elites who make the system design and development decisions should minimize the risks to stakeholders rather than maximize gains for their organizations. Given the unsettled state in ehical theory a familiar substantive Social, Economic, Environmental and Rights value set or 'SEER' ethic is presented. To enable foresight of the negative SEER effects of innovations a technology life cycle is Introduced. A cognate issue life cycle is presented to facilitate the ethical resolution of SEER issues associated with such effects. The resultant problem of increased front end load delays and costs, due to ongoing system redesign and stakeholder discussions is found to preferable to high 'rear end load' crisis costs, e.g., of the Ford Pinto, Exxon Valdez, Dalkon IUD Shield, and the Union Carbide Bhopal plant. Furthermore the model promises improved returns on the capital investments involved, indications for further research in ethics, economics and organizational theory are noted.
ACCESSION #
5953323

 

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