Ethical Issues in Engineering Models

Personal Reflections

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Abstract

I start this contribution with an overview of my personal involvement—as an Operations Research consultant—in several engineering case-studies that may raise ethical questions; these case studies employ simulation models. Next, I present an overview of the recent literature on ethical issues in modeling, focusing on the validation of the model’s assumptions; the decisive role of these assumptions leads to the quest for robust models. Actually, models are meant to solve practical problems; these problems may have ethical implications for the various stakeholders; namely, modelers, clients, and the public at large. Finally, I briefly discuss whistle blowing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOperations research
Number of pages17
Volume2010-09
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2010-09

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Keywords

  • ethics
  • code of conduct
  • stakeholders
  • validity
  • risk analysis
  • simulation
  • operations research

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Kleijnen, J. P. C. (2010). Ethical Issues in Engineering Models: Personal Reflections. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2010-09). Tilburg: Operations research.
Kleijnen, Jack P.C. / Ethical Issues in Engineering Models : Personal Reflections. Tilburg : Operations research, 2010. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Tilburg : Operations research, 2010. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2010-09).

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