More than a decade's research at the University of Leeds has focused on a
cohesive set of issues bearing directly and indirectly on ethics in the
workplace: reasons for action, moral psychology, good judgement, character
and integrity. The impact of this work covers: consultancy on
organisational ethics; development and delivery of CPD for engineers; use
of web-based and online materials to engage professionals in ethical
reasoning; applied research and engagement with practitioners on integrity
at work; a submission to the Leveson enquiry; and an ethics template for
the National Nuclear Laboratory. Its significance and reach in embedding
ethics in professional life is demonstrated by the range of these
activities and the size of the organisations involved.
Research directed by Andy Friedman (Management), has had impact through
Associations Research Network (PARN) which was established at the
University in 1998. This
encouraged professional bodies to adopt:
a) new governance structures and processes facilitating strategic
b) CPD policies, to make them mandatory and measure them by outputs,
competency and evidence for it among millions of professionals.
Early adopters from 2001 contributed to benchmark data produced through
PARN, adding to the
subsequent research impact by encouraging further adopters. For post-2008
adopters see sources [b], [c], [d], [f], [j] for governance changes and
[c], [h], [i].for CPD.
Loughborough University research into the threats and opportunities
presented by the growth of shared service centres has directly influenced
the strategies and practices of a wide range of organisations confronted
by changes in the provision of business support services. It has
influenced the educational policy of the world's largest professional body
of its kind, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, which has
acknowledged the work as "an exemplar" that has had a "profound effect" on
the industry. Through a pioneering forum for sharing business knowledge,
it has also helped to shape the working methods of global companies,
including Rolls-Royce, national organisations, including the Post Office,
and numerous SMEs and new firms.
Within the field of `computer ethics', considerations of the design
processes required for software
development has remained relatively neglected until the foundational work
of Dr Penny Duquenoy
under the direction of Prof. Harold Thimbleby helped introduce and
establish the need for such
concerns. The impact of the embedding of ethics in technology is
observable by noting the routine
use of ethics expert reviewers and evaluators and on Advisory Boards in EU
funded projects since
2007. This has been replicated by the EPSRC who also now include input
from ethics experts into
their programmes such as the RCUK `Global Uncertainties' initiative. At a
professional level, ethics
has also become a core consideration for the British Computer Society and
its representations to
the community it serves.
Widdows has shaped policy-making in areas of genetic ethics and
especially biobanking. She has had impact:
In these arenas her work on consent, trust and genetic governance has
shaped understandings of genetic ethics, which has created new policy:
Departmental research identifying skills, knowledge and competency
frameworks is used by a range of Governments and professional associations
internationally to inform and improve contemporary information service
provision and professional practice.
The development of robust frameworks and methodologies has resulted in a
maturing knowledge and skills base for the information profession.
Research on competencies contributed directly to the future education and
training framework for the Australian library and information profession.
The design and evaluation of Continuing Professional Development
frameworks ensures that information and library professionals acquire and
maintain the knowledge and skills required to deliver quality information
to industry, the public and society as a whole.