Business Reaserach Paper

702 WordsAug 7, 20123 Pages
Business Research Ethics Ethics are standards of behavior set when making choices that affect the moral conduct and relationship between others. Business research identifies any methods, procedures, or processes that may be unethical. Ethical practices in business research are methods to decide how to act and for analyzing complex problems and issues. Many organizations, institutions, and professions have practices that assist in meeting company policies and goals. In addition, when conducting research, following ethical practices help researchers or developers coordinate their actions or activities and establish the public's trust of the research (Cooper & Schindler, 2011). The United States Army uses the Walter Reed Institute to conduct various studies that allow troops to fight germs and diseases encountered when serving in different countries. In 1998, The Walter Reed Institute and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British multinational pharmaceutical company that specializes in biologics, viral control, infections, and vaccines, developed a Hepatitis E vaccine for the United States troops deployed to poor countries throughout the world. Hepatitis E is a common disease with outbreaks in poor countries where the United States troops are deployed. Before conducting the study, GSK determined that the vaccine would not be profitable for a travelers market, but Walter Reed identified the study was inappropriate for soldiers in the United States (Andrews, 2005). For this reason, GSK and Walter Reed sought to conduct the study using eight thousand Nepalese volunteers in the country of Nepal. In February 2000, the Nepalese NGO Lumanti and military officials objected to the study because majority of the community were uninformed and extremely vulnerable. The vaccine was tested on 2,000 volunteers from the Royal Nepalese Army. However, the volunteers were considered

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