The influence of development objectives and local context upon international service engineering infrastructure design

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Abstract

Accumulating research data indicate that engineers may more effectively design infrastructure for a rural international society by separating the responsibilities and connotations associated with ‘development’ and ‘globalization’ from the task of addressing a physical infrastructure need through technical intervention. Engineers typically fall prey to the globalization notion of enhancing alternately developed societies’ needs and conditions by supplanting local context with an understanding of society and need that most closely aligns with the engineers’ own experience. By contrast, if an engineer develops a full understanding of the local influences that drive client-community values and functions, they can design infrastructure solutions that are more compatible with context, thus improving sustainability and effectiveness of operation for the infrastructure user. In other words, the engineer must augment her own technical knowledge with an indigenous knowledge of both technology and cultural conditions if she is to design an infrastructure that may be readily accepted and used by the client society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Contextual engineering
  • Development
  • Globalization
  • Infrastructure
  • International design
  • Non-industrialized
  • Rural societies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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