Blog No. 2012-01 (January 1, 2012)
Another Year and Another Hemisphere of Professional Life
Welcome to a new year, new semester and a new posting from The Ethicist. When writing last October, I promised to explore ethical issues in the very broad sphere of professional life, the part of our work neither falling neatly into research nor teaching. It’s the sphere of “everything else” that can be divided into hemispheres related to issues arising from membership in professional organizations like the Academy of Management and issues arising from membership in academic or research institutions. Last October, I wrote about an ethical issue arising from our work in professional organizations. This time, I thought I would travel to the other hemisphere and discuss an ethical issue more commonly (for me) encountered in academic departments, colleges and universities. The topic is service and the issue is knowing when to say no.
Continue reading “Managing University Service Work”
The Ethics Education Committee of the Academy of Management has developed a series of eight videos of journal editors talking about ethical issues involving research and publication. The videos are posted on AOM’s YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/academyofmanagement.
Please share the videos with individuals you think would be interested in viewing them. The videos are particularly useful for PhD students and junior faculty who are starting into the research process, but — even for old-timers like me — it was very instructional to watch the videos. Highly recommended! Kudos to Susan Madsen and Jim Davis for heading up this project, and to all the journal editors who participated.
Eek, my first post! Not much of a post, more of a share…
I came across this article and thought it was particularly interesting. It attempts to analyse why papers being withdrawn are on the increase, suggesting an increase in the awareness of misconduct rather than an increase in the misconduct itself.
Continue reading “The increase of retractions”
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.
Continue reading “Ethical Issues in Professional Life: Codes and Conflicts of Interest”
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
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.
Continue reading “Scientists Behaving Badly: Insights from the Fraud Triangle”
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching: Kathy Lund Dean – Idaho State – email@example.com
Professional Life: Paul Vaaler – Minnesota – firstname.lastname@example.org
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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