Are You Ethical? Please Tick Yes or No on Researching Ethics in Business Organizations

Posted: 17 Jan 2010

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Andrew Crane

University of Bath - School of Management

Date Written: November 30, 2004

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the empirical agenda of business ethics research from a methodological perspective. It is argued that the quality of empirical research in the field remains relatively poor and unconvincing. Drawing on the distinctions between the two main philosophical positions from which methodologies in the social sciences are derived - positivism and interpretism - it is argued that it is business ethics' tradition of positivist, and highly quantitative approaches which may be at the root of these epistemological problems. Six distinct aspects of business ethics research are identified and assessed according to their methodological impact. Accordingly, it is argued that more interpretive approaches may offer substantial liberating potential in the development of a stronger and more theory-rich empirical base. The author concludes by arguing for greater plurality and diversity in empirical research methodologies in the business ethics field.

Suggested Citation

Crane, Andrew, Are You Ethical? Please Tick Yes or No on Researching Ethics in Business Organizations (November 30, 2004). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 20, No. 3, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1537320

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University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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