Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
All people face moral choices, it can be in private life, work, school or daily life. There are often rules
and laws that guide us and declare how we should act in a specific situation. But how should we act in
the "gray zone”, where there are no
clear guidelines and rules, where the boundaries between right and
wrong are not so clear.
Like other industries, the construction industry is subjected to moral problems, and it is not always
obvious what is right and wrong. Ethics and responsibility have become more important in the
construction industry in the last years. Today, people have higher demands on their work situation and
are more likely to pay attention to irregularities. Many construction companies are working with
ethical issues, and develop systems and strategies in order to achieve better ethical actions.
The thesis is about ethics and responsibility in the construction industry. The thesis investigates
problems and practical cases that have connections to ethical and moral issues. That has been done by
choosing five different fields. These fields are “Environmental Threats”, “Gender”, “Security and
accidents”, “Corruption”, and “Procurement and Tende
r”. Each field consists of a background part
where facts and information are presented, after this a case is presented that represents an ethical
problem for each field.
The study also investigates which factors that the construction industry should work with in order to
achieve better ethical actions. This part is mainly based on interviews with researchers and people that
are active in the construction industry.