Prudence in a nut shell: For technology managers in the middle muddle between right and wrong behavior

Charles W N Thompson*

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Abstract

The wide world of ethics and law and related systems telling us how and what to do is well established, if not also clear and widely accepted. In a simplistic trine, it might be divided among things generally considered right, things generally considered wrong, and a no-man's land in between. For many of us, this in between is not all that clear, and is complicated by the fact that we receive consequences for our decisions, sometimes because we ";just didn't know"; or just disagreed with a client or stakeholder. Technology management, because of its direct involvement in changes to how and what we do, is understandably more likely to be faced with situations for which the rules of conduct were not designed or about which there is significant disagreement. This paper is not directed to rewriting the rules; it is directed to suggesting and identifying a number of areas in which there are better ways of evaluating situations and better methods for avoiding the risks of a less suitable choice. A checklist will be illustrated by examples, e.g., lying about your (hole) cards in poker is acceptable (or even better) but is not in a bridge game.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPICMET'11 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings - Technology Management in the Energy-Smart World
StatePublished - Oct 5 2011
EventPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Technology Management in the Energy-Smart World, PICMET'11 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2011Aug 4 2011

Publication series

NamePICMET: Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings

Other

OtherPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Technology Management in the Energy-Smart World, PICMET'11
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period7/31/118/4/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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