Conflict: A Catalyst for Institutional Change

TitleConflict: A Catalyst for Institutional Change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSchaller-Demers, D
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Date Published2008
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsCOMMERCIAL , COMMERCIALIZATION , Conflict , equity , ethics , Intellectual , negotiation , Peer , rebuttable , significant , SOCIAL , STOCKS
AbstractThis article focuses on perceptions and behaviors surrounding potential conflicts of interest and/or commitment on both personal and institutional levels. It references past cases, public reaction and subsequent policy decisions. Most people believe conflict to be negative, something to be avoided. While conflict might make one feel stressed, angry, scared, or confused, it can offer new and positive opportunities for change, learning, and growth. In that same vein, a potential conflict of interest or commitment is not inherently a bad thing. Conflicts within science are almost to be expected. In fact, often it means there is good work happening that will contribute to generalizable knowledge and benefit society. Therefore, there is no shame or crime in having external financial relationships.  This paper endorses a proactive approach for dialoguing and developing effective conflict of interest policies that will ultimately lead to changes in people's perceptions as well as their behavior in conflict of interest situations. 
NotesSchaller-Demers, Debra 1; Email Address:; Affiliations: 1: Research Education and Communication Manager, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Research and Technology Management Division, 1275 York Avenue, Box 69, New York, New York 10065; Issue Info: 2008, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p81; Thesaurus Term: CONFLICT of interests; Thesaurus Term: STOCKS (Finance); Thesaurus Term: CONFLICT management; Thesaurus Term: NEGOTIATION; Thesaurus Term: PEER review (Professional performance); Thesaurus Term: INTELLECTUAL property; Thesaurus Term: COMMERCIAL law; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: SOCIAL conflict; Author-Supplied Keyword: commercialization of intellectual property; Author-Supplied Keyword: conflict management; Author-Supplied Keyword: conflict of commitment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Conflict of interest; Author-Supplied Keyword: equity holdings; Author-Supplied Keyword: peer review; Author-Supplied Keyword: rebuttable presumption; Author-Supplied Keyword: significant financial interest; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article