The Ethical Dilemma of Research and Development Openness Versus Secrecy

Journal of Business Ethics 65 (3):279-285 (2006)

In previous research, we have argued that private companies should be more open with their scientific research findings. However, our research assumed, somewhat naively perhaps, that public institutions were quite open. Recent findings have suggested otherwise, and in this paper we explore the dilemma faced by industry, universities, and society in attempting to balance the needs of openness (to rapidly advance the body of knowledge), with secrecy (to protect the economic returns to a new innovation).
Keywords Openness  secrecy  science  ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-005-5495-0
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