Bus 642 -Ethics in Business Research

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What are the most prudent decisions she can make about her responsibilities to herself and others? The most prudent decisions the Manager has to make are that of her ethical standards and behavior and how it will affect the company. Cooper and Schindler (2011) states that” the goal of ethics in research is to ensure that no one is harmed or suffers adverse consequences from research activities” (p. 32). She must decide if she uses this information if she will debrief the company on the deception of the research since it unauthorized. She must also decide on protecting the right of the researcher and ensure that she is providing the sponsor with ethically conducted and reported research. What are the implications of those decisions even if there is no violation of law or regulation? Even if there is no violation of law or regulation, the fact that the research is obtained under unethical circumstances leaves the company and the manager open to unfavorable implications. If it is found out how the manager obtained the information, she can lose her job and tarnish her reputation. The company can face liability for using stolen or unauthorized research. 1. Distinguish between the following:

a. Exploratory and formal studies
Exploratory is a way a study may be viewed, its immediate use is usually to develop hypotheses or questions for further research. Cooper and Schindler (2011) state that “exploratory studies tend toward loose structures with the objective of discovering future research tasks” (p. 140). Formal studies are another way a study may be viewed and picks up where exploratory studies left off. Cooper and Schindler (2011) also note that “the goal of the formal studies is to test the hypotheses or answer the research questions posed” (p. 140). b. Experimental and ex post facto research designs

In an experimental research design, the research attempts to control and or manipulate the variables in the...
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