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Business Research Ethics

Find an article that discusses unethical business research conduct that has resulted in individuals or a firm being convicted, or at least tried for, this conduct. Some examples include the following:

- Asking inappropriate questions
- Skewing research results
- Failing to maintain participants' confidential information
- Using participant information for unintended purposes such as selling goods or services

Summarize the article you researched.

Write a paper in which you address the following questions:

1. What unethical research behavior was involved?
2. Who were the injured parties?
3. How has the unethical behavior affected the organization, the individual, and society?
4. How could the unethical behavior be avoided or resolved?

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I chose the TIME piece as the basis, but have included other articles. You will want to add your own information and knowledge of business research ethics to complete the word count requirements. A few sentences in the introduction and conclusion and a paragraph or two on your own thoughts about the article, the subject, or biases will complete the assignment from this outline.

Source: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1957656,00.html

Dr. Andrew Wakefield submitted a study and results to the Lancet, a major and prestigious medical journal, on the how the MMR vaccine led children to develop autism. The MMR vaccine is given to children to protect them from measles, mumps, and Rubella, common, yet often dangerous childhood diseases. The vaccine is part of protocol for children in many countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002026.htm)

Dr. Wakefield was criticized for several unethical behaviors carried out during his study. The General Medical Council criticized the doctor for giving colonoscopies and spinal taps ...

Solution Summary

Business research ethics is examined. Examples of asking inappropriate questions are provided.