Measuring Sensitivity to Conflicts of Interest: A Preliminary Test of Method

TitleMeasuring Sensitivity to Conflicts of Interest: A Preliminary Test of Method
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLind, RA, Swenson-Lepper, T
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination43 - 62
Date Published3/2013
ISSN Number14715546
KeywordsConflict of Interest , ENGINEERING , SCIENCE
AbstractThis study presents and develops test methods for assessing sensitivity to conflict of interest (COIsen). We are aware of no study assessing COIsen, but note that some popular methods for assessing ethical sensitivity and related constructs (which include COIsen) are flawed in that their presentation of stimulus material to subjects actually guides subjects to attend to ethical (or related) issues. The method tested here was designed to avoid this flaw. Using adaptations of two existing cases, a quota sample of 12 students was interviewed. Our method used funnel-sequenced, open-ended interviews that were audiotaped and transcribed, then subjected to a form of cognitive mapping. These maps revealed the presence of 'indicators' of COIsen. We found that COIsen can be measured and that the global COIsen score generated by our method is able to reveal much variation across subjects, making it a worthwhile candidate for further consideration.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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