Marketing research ethics: Researcher's obligations toward human subjects

Journal of Academic Ethics 6 (2):153-160 (2008)
This paper addresses the growing concern over violation of research ethics in marketing, in particular rights of human subjects in fieldwork, notably the right to informed consent; right to privacy and confidentiality; and right not to be deceived or harmed as a result of participation in a research. The paper highlights the interaction of the three main parties involved in most marketing research: the sponsoring organization (client or user), researcher, and participant in the survey, focusing on researcher’s ethical responsibilities in interacting with human subjects in surveys. The paper stresses the importance of ethical integrity in marketing research and emphasizes the need to establish a universal model for regulatory requirements and well institutionalized practice of ethical research.
Keywords Research ethics  Code of ethics  Subjects  Privacy  Confidentiality  Informed consent  Harm to participant  Researcher
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DOI 10.1007/s10805-008-9060-1
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