Ethical research in business ethics

Gazi Islam, Michelle Greenwood

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In this editorial essay, we argue that business ethics research should be aware of the ethical implications of its own methodological choices, and that these implications include, but go beyond, mere compliance with standardized ethical norms. Methodological choices should be made specifically with reference to their effects on the world, both within and outside the academy. Awareness of these effects takes researchers beyond assuring ethics in their methods to more fully consider the ethics of their methods as knowledge practices that have broader institutional consequences. Drawing from examples in published research, we examine five ways in which authors can formulate their methodological approaches with purpose, care and reflexivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Beyond compliance
  • Methodology
  • Reflexivity
  • Research ethics
  • Research integrity
  • Research purpose
  • Social impact

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