David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 10 (6):423 - 436 (1991)
Competitor intelligence, information that helps managers understand their competitors, is highly valued in today's marketplace. Firms, large and small, are taking a more systematic approach to competitor intelligence collection. At the same time, information crimes and litigation over information disputes appear to be on the rise, and survey data show widespread approval of unethical and questionable intelligence-gathering methods. Despite these developments, few corporations address the ethics of intelligence gathering in their corporate codes of conduct. Neither managers nor management educators have paid sufficient attention to this topic. From a review of questionable intelligence-gathering practices reported in various literatures, the author identifies some important ethical principles to help managers draw the line between legitimate and illegitimate methods of information acquisition. The paper also discusses the costs of failure to heed these principles and suggests steps managers can take to provide ethical leadership in this area.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Lydia Segal, Maria Haberfeld & Lior Gideon (2013). The Effects of the Recession on Attitudes Toward Business Ethics: An Inter‐Temporal Study of Business Students in 2001, 2009, and 2010. [REVIEW] Business and Society Review 118 (1):71-104.
Similar books and articles
Philip Brey (2005). Freedom and Privacy in Ambient Intelligence. Ethics and Information Technology 7 (3):157-166.
Michelle Ng Kwet Shing & Laura J. Spence (2002). Investigating the Limits of Competitive Intelligence Gathering: Is Mystery Shopping Ethical? Business Ethics 11 (4):343-353.
Michelle Ng Kwet Shing & Laura J. Spence (2002). Investigating the Limits of Competitive Intelligence Gathering: Is Mystery Shopping Ethical? Business Ethics 11 (4):343–353.
John Angelidis & Nabil A. Ibrahim (2011). The Impact of Emotional Intelligence on the Ethical Judgment of Managers. Journal of Business Ethics 99 (S1):111-119.
Dan Fenske, All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: Erasing the Distinction Between Foreign and Domestic Intelligence Gathering Under the Fourth Amendment.
John H. Hallaq & Kirk Steinhorst (1994). Business Intelligence Methods — How Ethical. Journal of Business Ethics 13 (10):787 - 794.
David L. Perry, Business Intelligence and National Intelligence: Should the CIA Spy for American Companies?
Norman O. Schultz, Allison B. Collins & Michael McCulloch (1994). The Ethics of Business Intelligence. Journal of Business Ethics 13 (4):305 - 314.
William Cohen & Helena Czepiec (1988). The Role of Ethics in Gathering Corporate Intelligence. Journal of Business Ethics 7 (3):199 - 203.
Terri L. Rittenburg, Sean R. Valentine & James B. Faircloth (2007). An Ethical Decision-Making Framework for Competitor Intelligence Gathering. Journal of Business Ethics 70 (3):235 - 245.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads29 ( #65,797 of 1,139,892 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #165,020 of 1,139,892 )
How can I increase my downloads?