Symposia
Friday, June 3rd 2011
09:00 - 10:30
Hotel Olümpia, Omega

Symposium: Ethics in the Research and Publication Process

Organizers:
Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University
James Davis, University of Notre Dame
Luca Gnan, University of Tor Vergata, Rome

With the fairly recent and highly publicized breaches of ethics among members of the
business community, there is a need to re-examine specific strategies employed in all kinds
of organizations. Many business faculty members are comfortable teaching ethics in the
classroom, but are we (as scholars and educators) appropriately challenging our own ethical
practices? To assist in raising awareness of ethical concerns within the EURAM, we believe
it is important to focus discussions on challenging our own ethics, particularly as faculty
members in our various roles. Although there are professional ethical codes, there have been
few venues for dialogue. This session can heighten members’ ethical awareness and focus by
bringing to light the importance of ethics in one critical area within the Academy—ethics in
research and publishing.

This topic is one that many Academy members discuss and question informally. This
session would be designed so that participants can ask the tough questions that need to be
asked in an organized forum. This will help them “dig deep” and challenge themselves at

a personal and professional level. Through this reflective progress we can become better
researchers and scholars, which will in turn directly and indirectly influence others (e.g.,
students, colleagues, readers). Through the years we have observed that the best scholars
and educators are those who persistently ask questions that help them continuously
improve their practices. It is through this type of constant inquiry that awareness is raised,
excellence can be attained, and ethics can be maintained. Ethics in research and
publishing is one of the areas that many disciplines have recently been addressing. This
panel will provide faculty, administrators, and doctoral students the forum to listen to
panelists (journal editors) and then discuss current issues and challenges related to ethical
decision-making and behavior of researchers and scholars. It will also provide the
attendees the opportunity to challenge behaviors and practices commonly seen and held.

This ethics event will be divided into three segments. First, faciliators will briefly highlight
reasons for their interest in organizing this session and then introduce the five or six
panelists. Each panelists will then take five minutes to outline and discuss some of the
current issues and trends related to ethics in publishing. Second, participants will be asked to
meet in small groups to discuss some brief scenerios or other issues that surfaced from the
panelists’ presentations. Groups will be encouraged to identify their top three issues or
questions to ask to the panalists. Finally, the remaining time will be devoted to a highly
interactive Q&A session with engaging dialogue between panelists and attendees.