Business Research Ethics
RES/351 Business Research
May 6, 2014
Business Research Ethics: Perceptions of Unethical Faculty Behavior
The general public has become nearly desensitized and disgusted by repeated revelations of unethical behavior occurring at all levels of management and government, especially in the academic community where educators are entrusted with serving as role models to the next generation. While unethical conduct in academia has not generated as many headlines as their corporate counterparts, occurrences of unethical behaviors by educators have resulted in many complaints from students, parents, legislators, university ...view middle of the document...
(Gao et al, 2008, p. 130). The dynamic nature of these established norms led to the establishment of the Academy of Management Code of Ethics (AOM); it is the largest academic association of management educators, who proposed and enforce a code of ethical conduct, the Academy of Management Code of Ethical Conduct (AMCEC) that was eventually approved in 1990 by the organization’s governing board and voting membership (Gao et al, 2008, p. 130).
A mail survey was conducted in the 2004–2005 academic year directed to management educators and the sampling frame involved colleges and university with management faculty from 100 random schools and 350 random faculty members (Gao et al., 2008, p. 134). The survey asked educators to identify behaviors they considered ethically unacceptable against a list of hypernorms related to teaching and management of education. The results were centered around issues encountered when students and educators interact directly, including the following behaviors: inappropriate romantic or sexual relationships with students, the expectation of sexual favors in exchange for better grades or support, treating students in a class more or less favorably based on some identifying trait such as race/gender/religion and the disclosure of students’ grades with students’ identity to other classmates/administrators/colleagues without their knowledge or consent (Gao et al., 2008, p. 143).
Some of the more rare examples of unethical and sometimes illegal activities happening in the academic setting are those where people forge documentation and different certifications in order to gain a position within a school. There are many examples of people being caught after years of "teaching" thousands of students and are removed, fined or jailed as a result of their fraudulent actions....