Ethical Issues in Professional Life: Codes and Conflicts of Interest

Blog No. 2011-01 (October 1, 2011)

What’s My Domain?  Everything Else

Welcome again to the ethics blog, this time from your journalist on “professional life” issues.  Compared to research or teaching, it may be more difficult to define this sphere of ethical issues.

For me, research evokes a process of reading, analyses, writing, presenting, submitting to editors (and in my case, often re-submitting after editorial rejection) and publishing pieces for a variety of outlets: journals, books, book chapters, working papers, policy reports, case studies and other scholarly purposes.  The ethical issues this process raises are myriad, but the process has an intuition that many can grasp pretty easily.

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Teaching & ethics: A critical incident

I had the most interesting event happen a couple of days ago and I wanted to share it on this blog with the Academy community. One of my strategy students came to my office the morning after they had all handed in an assignment—a case analysis practicing basic tools such as Five Forces and SWOT. “Scott” [not his real name] told me to remove the back page of his analysis because he had largely filled it in during our class discussion, and as such it should not be evaluated as homework completed. Scott said, “I had to come see you. I fretted [he actually used that word] about it all night.” I had already graded the assignment, and had no idea he had not filled it all out as homework.

 

The Teaching ETHICIST: Beyond course content

I am delighted to engage the Academy community in discussion about the myriad ways ethics may be manifested in our teaching responsibilities. While I have a long list of topics I am eager to put out in this blog column for your input, let me echo Lorraine Eden’s introductory invitation for you, the Academy member, to send me topics you’d like to see in discussion.

What do the following have in common?

  • Grading student work fairly and consistently
  • Taking into account for final grades some ‘outlier’ student life experience or individual student need, such as a mid-semester baby birth or care of a sick parent or sibling
  • Discovering that a student has disclosed private or inappropriate information to others in an online discussion
  • Considering extreme consequences of students’ earning failing grades, such as with international students being deported if they fail a course

 

Scientists Behaving Badly: Insights from the Fraud Triangle

Blog No. 2011-02 (July 27, 2011)

Key Insight: Occasionally, journal editors are confronted with evidence that authors have engaged in unethical behaviors such as plagiarism, multiple submissions or fabricating data. What causes scientists to behave badly? I argue that the fraud triangle can provide useful insights into the pressures that lead scholars to engage in research fraud.

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Welcome to THE ETHICIST!

Blog No. 2011-01 (July 13, 2011)

Welcome, AOM members, to the first posting on THE ETHICIST, a new blog launched under the STRATEGIC DOING Initiative of the Academy of Management; the blog will focus on ethical issues that face AOM members.  THE ETHICIST is sponsored by the AOM Ethics Education Committee; its co-chairs are James Davis (Notre Dame) and Susan Madsen (Utah Valley).

THE ETHICIST, coordinated by Lorraine Eden, will have three regular columnists:

Research: Lorraine Eden – Texas A&M – leden@tamu.edu
Teaching: Kathy Lund Dean – Idaho State –  lundkath@isu.edu
Professional Life: Paul Vaaler – Minnesota –  vaal0001@umn.edu

One article per month will be written by each columnist, in rotation, starting with Research in August 2011, followed by Teaching, and Professional Life. Each columnist will be assisted by an advisory panel of four-to-six individuals chosen by the columnist. The AOM Ethics Committee and Ethics Education Committee will also be members of each advisory panel.  The purpose of the advisory panels will be to suggest topics and provide comments on drafts of articles before publication on
THE ETHICIST website.

THE ETHICIST will communicate the Academy’s commitment to ethical conduct as a priority of the organization, and raise awareness about everyday ethical issues and ethics in the context of the Academy and the profession. It will also provide a location for experts to respond to members’ questions and concerns about ethics.

THE ETHICIST will reside as a blog on AOM Connect. The blog format allows for comments to be posted by any member of the Academy, and we hope that a dialogue on ethical issues will result from this interaction. Popular blog posts on THE ETHICIST may also appear in the AOM Newsletter.

Any member of the Academy of Management may suggest a topic for THE ETHICIST by sending an email to the coordinator and/or the columnists; please put the words THE ETHICIST in the subject line of your email. General questions
should be addressed to the coordinator.

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