The Engineering-Business Nexus

Symbiosis, Tension and Co-Evolution

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
  • Bernard Delahousse
  • Christelle Didier
  • Martin Meganck
  • Mike Murphy

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Bernard Delahousse, Christelle Didier, Martin Meganck, Mike Murphy
    Pages 1-21
  3. Engineering and Business Value Systems

  4. Engineering and Business Ideologies Past and Present

  5. The Practices of Business and Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Erik W. Aslaksen
      Pages 261-279
    3. James Trevelyan, Bill Williams
      Pages 281-313
    4. Jane Grimson, William Grimson
      Pages 315-339
  6. Engineering and Business Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Mike Murphy, Pat O’Donnell, John Jameson
      Pages 365-396
    3. Anette Kolmos, Jette Egelund Holgaard
      Pages 499-520
    4. Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Bernard Delahousse, Christelle Didier, Martin Meganck, Mike Murphy
      Pages 521-537

About this book


Fascinating and compelling in equal measure this volume presents a critical examination of the multilayered relationships between engineering and business. In so doing the study also stimulates ethical reflection on how these relationships either enhance or inhibit strategies to address vital issues of our time. In the context of  geopolitical, economic, and environmental tendencies the authors explore the world that we should want to create and the role of the engineer and the business manager in this endeavor. 

Throughout this volume the authors identify periods of alignment and periods of tension between engineering and business. They look at focal points of the engineering-business nexus related to the development of capitalism.  The book explores past and present movements to reshape, reform, or reject this nexus.

The volume is informed by questions of  importance for industry as well as for higher education. These are: What kinds of conflict arise for engineers in their attempts to straddle both professional and organizational commitments? How should professionals be managed to avoid a clash of managerial and professional cultures? How do engineers create value in firms and corporations? What kinds of tension exist between higher education and industry? What challenges does the neoliberal entrepreneurial university pose for management, faculty, students, society, and industry? Should engineering graduates be ready for work, and can they possibly be? What kinds of business issues are reflected in engineering education curricula, and for what purpose? Is there a limit to the degree of business hybridization in engineering degree programs, and if so, what would be the criterion for its definition?  Is there a place in engineering education curricula for reflective critique of assumptions related to business and economic thinking?

One ideal of management and control comes to the fore as the Anthropocene - the world transformed into an engineered artefact  which includes human existence. The volume raises the question as to how engineering and business together should be considered, given the fact that the current engineering-business nexus remains embedded within an economic model of continual growth. By addressing macro-level issues such as  energy policy, sustainable development, globalization, and social justice this study will both help create awareness and stimulate development of self-knowledge among practitioners, educators, and students thereby ultimately addressing  the need for better informed citizens to safeguard planet Earth as a human life supporting system.


Engineering Ethics Business Ethics Engineering Ideologies Business Ideologies The Engineering-Business Nexus The Corporate Engineer Engineering and Management Environmental Discourses Industry and Academia Engineers’ Professional Ideals

Editors and affiliations

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
    • 1
  • Bernard Delahousse
    • 2
  • Christelle Didier
    • 3
  • Martin Meganck
    • 4
  • Mike Murphy
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Development & PlanningAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Département Mesures PhysiquesUniversité de Lille – IUT « A » de LilleVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  3. 3.Département des sciences de l’éducation, UFR DECCIDUniversité de LilleVilleneuve-d’AscqFrance
  4. 4.Faculty of Engineering Technology, Technologiecampus GentKU LeuvenGentBelgium
  5. 5.Academic Affairs, Digital & Learning TransformationDublin Institute of TechnologyDublin 2Ireland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99635-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99636-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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