BUSINESS RESEARCH ETHICS 2 Business Research Ethics As in other aspects of business, all parties in research should exhibit ethical behavior. Ethics are norms or standards of behavior that guide moral choices about our behavior and our relationships with others. The goal of ethics in research is to ensure that no one is harmed or suffers adverse consequences from research activities. (Cooper, Donald R., and Pamela S. Schindler, 2008, p. Ch. 02, p.34) Informed consent of the participant : as told in the book informed consent means, “Securing informed consent from participants is a matter of fully disclosing the procedures of the proposed survey or other research design before requesting permission to proceed with the study” (Cooper, Donald R., and Pamela S. Schindler, 2008, p. Ch. 02, p.37). Consent is important because by giving consent the participant knows what he is indulging into. By taking consent the interviewer is freed from any legal liability at a later date in case the participant claim that he never consented for the research process or the interview. Also any participant will never give consent without understanding the research or interview first, hence it also helps in increasing the understanding the of the participant so that he can participate in the research process better and more intellectual way. 1.
STAGES OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS 2 Stages of the Research Process The research process is crucial in the business world especially when it comes to proving a point. The stages involved in the research process can differ and is contingent on the reasons for the research, the type of research being done, the hypothesis being tested but most importantly the outcome you are looking for. This week's assignment asks that I find two peer-reviewed articles in the University Library and practice identifying the critical first stage of developing and research study. The first article I will be discussing in the paper is "The Dependent Variable in Social Media Use" (Scheepers, Scheepers, Stockdale, & Nurdin, Winter 2014). The question in the research of the article "The Dependent Variable in Social Media Use' is to find out what is the dependent variable in social media use? It states that "the use of social media has considerable implications for the way people interact both personally and within organizations (Scheepers, Scheepers, Stockdale, & Nurdin, Winter 2014). The topics researched