Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

How professional ethics impact construction quality: Perception and evidence in a fast developing economy

  Hamzah Abdul-Rahman, Chen Wang* and Xiang Wen Yap
Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 November 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010




There is a perception that majority of quality-related issues are caused by human factors. The issue of professional ethics plays an important role in quality-related problems in a construction project. This paper highlights the current level of professional ethics standard in the construction industry and how ethics influences the quality of construction projects. A questionnaire survey was conducted in the construction industry in Malaysia, a fast developing economy. Results indicate that various forms of unethical conducts have significant impact on construction quality. This study concludes that professional ethics is a pre-requisite to attaining sustained and acceptable quality in construction and suggests several approaches to enhance professionalism among construction professionals to improve quality in construction.


Key words: Professional ethics, quality-related problem, unethical conducts, fast developing economy, construction quality.