Avoidance of Personal Gain

TitleAvoidance of Personal Gain
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAmerican Sociological Association,
PublisherAmerican Sociological Association
AbstractThe president of a small survey research firm receives a contract from a local government agency to conduct a survey of the local community to help design policy on the most effective use of funds to pay for heating costs of low income and older populations. The president of the company adds three extra questions to the survey without telling the government agency, but also at no cost to them. He uses the answers to these questions as well as the results of the study to publish a paper, and does not notify the government agency. Are any ethical issues raised by these actions? Includes expert commentary.
OEC Unique IdentifierAmerican Sociological Association, Teaching Ethics Throughout the Curriculum