Constraints on Engineering in Third World

by Donald S. Mansell, (M.ASCE), Sr. Lect. in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; formerly, Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Papua New Guinea Univ. of Tech., Lae, Papua New Guinea,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 4, Pg. 281-292

Document Type: Journal Paper


Engineering judgment is an important component in most engineering decisions and is greatly influenced by the background in which it has been gained. A change in circumstances tends to invalidate it, requiring engineers to adapt themselves if they change from one working environment to another. In particular, the move from a developed economy to a Third World country calls for significant adjustments in decision-making. The potential impact of an indigenous culture on the professional practice of an alien engineer is reviewed to emphasize the need for discriminating and sensitive planning if engineering work is to be as effective as possible.

Subject Headings: Decision making | Professional practice | Cultural diversity

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