The pervasiveness and impact on society and on every day human life of technology has led to a growing awareness that science and technology cannot be considered above or beyond the realm of value judgements and hence of ethics. This is especially true for Operations Research/Management Science (OR/MS), that particular science which is concerned with methodologies for scientifically deciding how to design and operate man-machine systems in an optimal way, usually under conditions requiring the allocation of scarce resources. Here we try to give a historical account of the growing interest for ethics within the OR/MS community from its birth to present days. Starting from attempts to define models and codes of ethical behaviour in our profession, the OR/MS community has arrived at more fundamental questions about the ethical responsibility it faces in a world of growing inequalities and in which the ever greater stress that human activities impose on the environment puts at risk the very survival of human kind.
|Autori:||BRANS J-P; GALLO G|
|Titolo:||Ethics in ORMS: Past, present and future,|
|Anno del prodotto:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s10479-007-0177-1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|