Ethics in Management Research

Shilpa Vivek Agrawal ., Dr. D.M Gujarathi .


It is impossible to undertake Management Research without a consideration of effects of that research upon the people concerned. Thus, we need to consider our own ethical position as a starting point because that will affect both the nature of data collection and the way in which we set about analyzing that data and building theory from it. Management academics have tended to rely on ethics codes developed by social researchers in related fields to inform their research practice. The point of this paper is to question whether this remains a viable approach in the current climate that is characterized by a significant increase in ethical regulation across the social sciences? Many of us may be wondering why we are required to have training in research ethics. We may believe that we are highly ethical and know the difference between right and wrong. We would never fabricate or falsify data or plagiarize. Indeed, We also may believe that most of our colleagues are highly ethical and that there is no ethics problem in research. Management research requires that researcher explicitly understand their own values, examine and clarify traditions, perspectives, social process, values and attitude of self and others. This paper looks at the importance of ethical in management research.


Management Research, Ethics

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