Discussion 2: Ethical Considerations in Practice

Discussion 2: Ethical Considerations in Practice

One way of broaching the topic of ethics in professional practice is to focus on particular ethical dilemmas that arise in the research or practice that surrounds management activities themselves. For example, well-known ethical dilemmas exist in the field of human resources, and other dilemmas surround the handling of financial transactions and decisions.

To prepare for this Discussion, review the week’s Learning Resources, and consider the unique ethical challenges for different target populations when conducting doctoral research. Consider your own Doctoral Problem Statement that you drafted at the end of the previous course (DDBA 8161) and the target populations that would be reviewed by an international review board (IRB). For example, a research study that focuses on government employees must take into consideration issues such as security clearances, access to data, and restrictions on publication. Be sure to review the organizational access checklist outlined in Box 6.10 on page 239 in Saunders, Lewis, and Thornhill (2015).

By Day 4

Post an analysis of ethical considerations for target populations within the doctoral research process. Your analysis should include the following:

  • Briefly describe a target population within your Doctoral Study, including any relevant factors that could be scrutinized by an IRB committee.
  • Identify specific ethical considerations for the target population within your Doctoral Study, including access, data, or publication restrictions, for example.
  • Explain how this population and its ethical considerations impact both the process and the overall value of your doctoral research study.

Be sure to support your work with a minimum of two specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and at least one additional scholarly source. Saunders, M. N. K., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2015). Research methods for business students (7th ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Limited.

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