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Sometimes referred to as macro ethics, these are broad ethical and social issues in engineering and science that call for the collective social responsibility of the science and engineering professions and societal decisions about research, practice, and technology.

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    XYZ orders 5000 custom made parts from ABC for one of its products. When the order is originally made ABC indicates it will charge $75 per part. This cost is based in part on the cost of materials. After the agreement is completed, but before production of the part begins, ABC engineer Christine Carsten determines that a much less expensive metal alloy can be used while only slightly compromising the integrity of the part. Using the less expensive alloy would cut ABC's costs by $18 a part.

    Author(s) Michael Pritchard
    Contributor(s) Michael Pritchard
    Authoring Institution Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University
    Year 1992
Cite this page: "Ethics and Society" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 9/18/2015 OEC Accessed: Monday, July 16, 2018 <>