Select, a full-text article from a business publication (such as The Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg BusinessWeek), and write a 2-3 paragraph commentary on business research ethics. What would you do in this situation to conduct business research ethically?
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and Dwoskin (2014) raise a point of ethical concern on how Facebook uses users’
data especially in doing research. According to their post, Facebook uses the
data of its users to conduct research even without the knowledge of its users
and without being properly regulated. This is quite unethical given that this
giant company has a lot of data from its research and can decide to manipulate it
to achieve whichever it wants. If not regulated, it will misuse this data to
gain more money and thus the need for better regulation. This act actually
raises the concern that this firm still has the data for users in store which
may be used in future and who knows if not for worse.
order to conduct a business research ethically for such an online company like
Facebook, there is a great need to be ethical. In this case, the firm must seek
the approval of its consumers by either doing an online survey to only the
willing customers. Moreover, it should seek approval from regulatory firms in
order to be given the guidelines to follow. This will make the firm more
ethical than just deciding to use the data which for sure it has and in plenty.
R. & Dwoskin, E. (2014). Facebook
Study Sparks Soul-Searching and Ethical Questions. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from, http://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-study-sparks-ethical-questions-1404172292
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