Business Research Ethics Essay

907 WordsJan 15, 20144 Pages
Business Research Ethics A.C. RES/351 November 11, 2013 Dr. Augusto Casas Business Research Ethics Researchers have confidentiality obligations to participants and research sponsors, alike. Another obligation researchers have is to follow policies and processes that are set in place to ensure that researchers provide accurate results, regardless of the end goal they may have in mind. When researchers fail to follow set procedures and skew, withhold, or create results to their benefit, research misconduct takes place. “Misconduct in research is a serious ethical and legal issue” (UC Davis.edu, 2013). Not only is misconduct in research an ethical issue, but there could be severe costly results to the researcher, the organization it represents, and the public. Unethical Research Behavior Dr. Pratima Karnik was employed by Case Western Reserve University as an assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology. She was working on submitting grant application R01 AR062378 to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) discovered that she had committed research misconduct by plagiarizing large amounts of information from another related research grant application that she had reviewed and inserted the text into her own grant application. Not only did she plagiarize information from a grant application, but also scientific articles and a U.S. patent application that were able to be found on the Internet. Injured Parties The injured party that had a direct, negative impact in this particular situation was Dr. Pratima Karnik. In this scenario, there were no participants that were harmed in this research project. The research sponsors from her department that she represented were indirectly harmed, in that their reputations may have been damaged by

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