Why Do Ethical Scientists Make Unethical Decisions?

TitleWhy Do Ethical Scientists Make Unethical Decisions?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSchaller-Demers, DS
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Date Published2006
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsADMINISTRATIVE , DECISION , ethical , free , IDEOLOGY , Organizational , ROLE
AbstractIn light of the ever-increasing number of cases of research misconduct being highlighted in the media, this paper looks to consider what conditions exist that cause supposedly ethical scientists to make blatantly unethical decisions. Looking to understand the ethical breaches illustrated in some of the more publicized cases, three things become apparent. One is the need to explore basic core values, second is to agree on common definitions and concepts, and third is to recognize the many outside forces that may have influence on ethical conduct and decision-making. Can common moral ground among ideology, pedagogy and reality be found through mandatory ethics training? Free will and choice are part of the human condition - what are the forces that impact the ethics of those choices and how do we as a societal collective react when our revered scientific role models fall short? [
NotesSchaller-Demers, Debra S. 1; Email Address: des2010@med.cornell.edu; Affiliations: 1: Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Research Integrity Division, New York, NY; Issue Info: 2006, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p35; Thesaurus Term: DECISION making; Thesaurus Term: ORGANIZATIONAL behavior; Subject Term: ROLE models; Subject Term: FREE will & determinism; Subject Term: ADMINISTRATIVE responsibility; Subject Term: ETHICAL problems; Subject Term: IDEOLOGY; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article