Blog No. 2012-02 (February 2, 2012)
Key Insight: Research projects are often huge undertakings that lead to more than one publication. How do authors determine whether the papers coming out of one project are sufficiently different from one another to be considered new papers? In this blog, I look at some ex ante methods that authors can use to determine whether a paper is new.
Continue reading “Slicing and Dicing: Ex Ante Approaches”
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 It attempts to analyse why papers being withdrawn are on the increase, suggesting an increase in the awareness of misconduct rather than an increase in the misconduct itself.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”