Ethical Challenges Faced By Management Research

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INTRODUCTION Management research is an applied research of various business practices with the primary intention of gaining new knowledge and providing solutions to business problems. As human values, perceptions and norms have a substantial impact on research data and process; ethical challenges are present at every stage of the research; from initiation to the dissemination of the findings. (Kakabadse et al. 2002) Researchers are seekers of truth and are obligated to focus on the lucidity and rationality behind every argument. They also have a responsibility towards the well-being of subjects of their research. (Bulmer 2008) Ethical guidelines and code of conduct, remain essential aspects of social science research; as the research…show more content…
It also argues that researchers are obligated to disclose all conflicts of interest to allow correct interpretation of findings. Despite the existence of codes of conduct, researchers need to use their judgement when faced with ethical issues. Hence, it is pertinent for a researcher’s ontological and epistemological position to be clearly defined before initiating the research process to facilitate honest data analysis. (Kakabadse et al. 2002) ETHICS CHALLENGES IN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH Ethics are moral principles, which assist researchers in fulfilling their responsibilities; by defining acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Many formal ethical guidelines, such as United States Belmont Report (1988) and UK’s Research Ethics Framework (ESRC), have been developed for research involving human participation. (Lindorff 2007) The aim of ethical guidelines is to aid researchers in striking a balance between achievement of research objectives and protection of subjects’ rights and privacy. (Bulmer 2008) Multiple ethical challenges can co-exist during the different stages of the research as well as persist after completion of the research. Researchers continuously strive to strike a balance between preserving the interests of participants and achieving the objectives of the research for the benefit of society at large. Therefore, they must appreciate the root cause and depth of human values, and opinions to combat the ethical quandaries encountered during
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