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Live Stream Research Seminar: Autonomy of Professional Engineers

  • Galbraith Building, Room 202 35 St. George Street Toronto, ON Canada (map)

Building on our ongoing research on ethics in engineering, we are extending the invitation to our upcoming research seminar to our CoP partners and wider network across Canada. A live stream of the seminar, hosted using Periscope, will be viewable through ILead's Twitter feed.

For those in Toronto who will be attending in person, please register at the regular event page.

Organizations, Autonomy, and Ethical Conduct: The Experiences of Ontario Engineers and Engineering Degree Holders

This seminar will explore the role of autonomy in shaping ethical pressures faced by professional engineers and engineering degree holders working in Ontario.  Drawing on survey data, the seminar will first examine the extent to which engineering workers report having autonomy and authority at work, and the extent to which they report ethical pressures. The relationship between autonomy and ethical pressures will also be discussed.  Subsequently the the seminar will draw on qualitative interview data to document the kinds of pressures that engineers (and engineering degree holders) experience, and where these pressures come from.  The paper will conclude with some reflections on the significance of the findings for engineers and engineering leaders. 

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Professor Tracey Adams

Tracey Adams is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Western University.  She specializes in the sociology of work and professions.  Recent research focuses on professional regulation in Canada and internationally.  She is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of Toronto, and with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, on a study of engineering work in Ontario.

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