Deception and Informed Consent in Management Research

Natarajan, R C (2008) Deception and Informed Consent in Management Research. ICFAI Journal of Management Research.

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Management students’ problem-solving behavior can be approximated to that of managers. Experiential methods of learning offer scope for researching in-class managerial behavior. Such research involves questions about, inter alia, consent of participation, voluntarism, right of withdrawal and sharing of information about method, and purpose and use of data. Answers to these questions fall in the gray area of right and wrong. Scholarly pronunciations seem to cover mainly those participants who are “helpless” to defend themselves against a possible harm in the process of research. Given the higher competence of management students, their degree of “helplessness” is low and this warrants a separate discussion on the pertinence of their participation in research. While use of simulation in classroom has many desirable pedagogical outcomes, the secondary use of data generated by such simulations raises both methodological and ethical questions. Extant literature seems to lack first-hand information on how research participants perceive this issue. Therefore, to arrive at an understanding on the ethico-methodological aspects of such classroom research,this paper addresses the validity and rightness of using classroom simulation data for management research, based on both a study of literature and a survey among management students who had taken part in classroom simulations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management Research; Deception and Informed Consent
Subjects: General Management > Management Education
Divisions: Marketing Management
Depositing User: Mr. Muralidhara D
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 09:18

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