Discuss about the Social Research for Ethics and Reflexivity.
A research buyer asks for competitive proposals from a number of research suppliers. The buyer takes ideas from several of these proposals without offering payment for the ideas and then awards the contract to one of the research suppliers to conduct the study, using all the ideas.
Ethical issue in this case is that, the research buyer overlooked the patenting policies of the research suppliers as he or she did not pay them for their proposals or apply for their permit to use their data in his study. If I was the manager I would have canceled the contract immediately to first ensure that the data to be used was effectively and legally acquired from the main researchers who were not notified before if it’s relevant to the study. The situation would have been avoided if the buyer researcher studied the supplier’s research data, identified the one he wished to work with and carry on the contract awarding process. To other research data, the buyer researcher would have called the rest appreciate their efforts and request for their patent right to using their data. The organization would be positive about my action as I have followed protocol in giving awarding the contract and also in acquiring data, the future clients also will have trust in my activities (Guillemin and Gillam, 2004).
While conducting an online survey for a client, a research firm inadvertently omits several questions regarding respondents’ demographic data. A researcher discovers this error after the survey is completed and the budget exhausted. She reports this to her superior, who is immediately concerned about possible harm to the firm’s reputation. The research firm’s upper management decides to impute (i.e., use some method to guess or determine the values of) the missing demographic data through Internet research tracking and linking data. This practice is only partially successful at reconstructing the data, and the client will not want to know why some data values are missing.
Ethical issue in this case is fabricating or falsifying research data that is against research ethics. As the manager I would talk to the client to allow some more but adequate time to work on the missing data instead of falsifying data. The situation would have been avoided if the researcher in charge would have developed a plan with all the activities to ensure everything was done at the right time and place to give the right results. The Firm management would be overwhelmed by my decision to provide the client with the right information as it will enhance trust and faith to serve their clients effectively. Future client would be happy to relate with my services (OLIVER, 2010).
Guillemin, M. and Gillam, L., 2004. Ethics, reflexivity, and “ethically important moments” in research. Qualitative inquiry, 10(2), pp.261-280.
OLIVER, P. (2010). The Student's Guide to Research Ethics. Maidenhead, McGraw-Hill International (UK) Ltd.