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What Lean Teaches Us About Ethics in Engineering

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Shannon Flumerfelt

Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Anabela C. Alves

University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Franz-Josef Kahlen

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Paper No. IMECE2013-62393, pp. V005T05A041; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5627-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This theoretical paper provides a comprehensive examination of the need for the ethical development of the engineering student. A review of the literature regarding the need for the teaching of ethics in the Academy and of the need for ethics in the engineering workplace is described. The Toyota Education Model based on respect for people is presented as a viable method for the Academy’s consideration.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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