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Informed consent out of context
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697, Vol. 63, no 2, 149-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several attempts have been made to transfer the concept of informed consent from medical and research ethics to dealing with affected groups in other areas such as engineering, land use planning, and business management. It is argued that these attempts are unsuccessful since the concept of informed consent is inadequate for situations in which groups of affected persons are dealt with collectively (rather than individually, as in clinical medicine). There are several reasons for this. The affected groups from which informed consent is sought cannot be identified with sufficient precision. Informed consent is associated with individual veto power, but it does not appear realistic to give veto power to all individuals who are affected for instance by an engineering project. Most importantly, the concept of informed consent puts focus on the public's acceptance of ready-made proposals rather than on its participation in the decision-making process as a whole, which includes the development of alternatives for the decision. Therefore, the concept of informed consent is not applicable to a company's relations with groups and collectives. It may, however, be applicable to a company's relations with individual persons such as customers and employees.

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2006. Vol. 63, no 2, 149-154 p.
Keyword [en]
informed consent, stakeholder, veto, engineering ethics, planning, democracy, participation
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15365DOI: 10.1007/s10551-005-2584-zISI: 000234310600004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-29644432974OAI: diva2:333406
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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