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Ethics in the Management of Emerging Technologies
This initiative addresses the challenges of managing the uncharted ethical and moral dilemmas that spring directly from emerging technologies.
The Rensselaer Lally School of Management has consistently focused on the management of technology in its scholarship, educational programs, and outreach. This focus provides the School a distinctive niche and connects naturally to the technological roots of the Institute. The commercialization of new technologies is a perennial high priority for R&D-intensive companies. Ethical dilemmas that arise are a neglected area of scholarship and education. Therefore, the Lally School has created an initiative for research and education in this exciting and crucially important area.
- Companies that increase scientific and business capabilities in areas like genomics and big data generate ethical questions that humans have never before had to ask.
- A definitional characteristic of new technologies is that they arrive before society has had a chance to consider their ethical implications and institute laws to protect those who may be vulnerable.
- Most managers’ technical knowledge far outpaces their ability to engage in informed ethical questioning and debate.
- These managers are often thrust into an ambiguous realm without any training in thinking through – or even thinking about – the ethical implications of new products.
- Even for companies interested in “doing the right thing,” there is no social consensus as to what “the right thing” is.
- Ethics-based content in Lally School courses
- White papers on the ethics of emerging technologies
- Grants to aid faculty in developing ethics-based teaching materials and research projects
- Public forums that spur discussion of important ethical questions, including an annual conference
- Hosting visiting faculty experts in ethics
- Highlighting ethics-based student projects and research
Gina O'Connor, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, Lally School of Management
Garrett McCarey, production specialist