Friend or Foe: A Brief Examination of the Ethics of Corporate Sponsored Research at Universities

TitleFriend or Foe: A Brief Examination of the Ethics of Corporate Sponsored Research at Universities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsNichols, SP
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume4
Issue3
Pagination385-390
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1353-3452
AbstractIn his paper entitled "Ethics and the Funding of Research and Development at Universities," Spier examines some of the potential problems of the relationship between (1) corporate sponsors of research and (2) the universities (and faculty) that receive that funding. Citing "He who pays the piper, calls the tune," Spier suggests that a better way of funding research would be to "set up a dedicated publicly sponsored research establishment" with the stated goal of achieving particular technical or engineering objectives. Spier states that researchers at these establishments are "not subjected to the triple requirement to teach, research and administer as are university members, so they do not have to face the same ethical challenges of the academics." This paper will examine the stated dangers of public/corporate research partnerships and whether the proposed alternative of setting up a dedicated publicly sponsored research establishment (as proposed in Spier's article) has equally troubling ethical issues.
NotesCover Date: July 1998.Source Info: 4(3), 385-390. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 32-4. Subject: CORPORATION; ENGINEERING; ETHICS; RESEARCH; SCIENCE; UNIVERSITY. Subject Person: SPIER, R. Update Code: 20090226.
DOI10.1007/s11948-998-0031-0
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