Business Research Methods Chap005

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Business Research Methods Chap005

  1. 1. 5-1
  2. 2. Part One INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS RESEARCH 5-2McGraw-Hill/Irwin © 2003 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.,All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Chapter Five ETHICS IN BUSINESS RESEARCH5-3
  4. 4. What are Research Ethics? • Ethics are norms or standards of behavior that guide moral choices about our behavior and our relationships with others • The goal is to ensure that no one is harmed or suffers adverse consequences from research activities5-4
  5. 5. Ethical Treatment of Participants • Begin data collection by explaining to the participant the benefits expected from the research • Explain to the participants that their rights and well-being will be adequately protected, and say how this will be done • Be certain that interviewers obtain the informed consent of the participant5-5
  6. 6. Deception • The participant is told only part of the truth or when the truth is fully compromised • To prevent biasing the participants before the survey or experiment • To protect the confidentiality of a third party5-6
  7. 7. Issues Related to Protecting Participants • Informed consent • Debriefing • Right to Privacy/Confidentiality • Data Collection in Cyberspace5-7
  8. 8. Ethical Issues related to the Client • Sponsor non-disclosure • Purpose non-disclosure • Findings non-disclosure • Right to quality research5-8
  9. 9. Ethics Related to Sponsor • Sometimes researchers will be asked by sponsors to participate in unethical behavior. • To avoid coercion by sponsor the researcher should: – Educate sponsor to the purpose of research – Explain researcher’s role – Explain how distortion of the truth leads to future problems – If necessary, terminate relationship with5-9 sponsor
  10. 10. Ethical Issues related to Researchers and Team Members • Safety • Ethical behavior of assistants • Protection of anonymity5-10

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