Chapter 6 Web links

Ethics in business research

The Nuremberg Code

This examines important medical experiments in order to explain how medical and social research ethics have developed in the 20th century. Specifically, it looks at the codified experimental ethics code that was produced from the trial of the doctors involved with the experiments.

The UK Data Protection Act

An act to make new provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use, or disclosure of such information and data.

Internet Research Ethics

This guide, written by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, gives a very inclusive insight into key ethical issues in Internet based research. It covers: privacy, recruitment, informed consent, cloud computing, and big data research.

American Academy of Management Ethics

The Academy of Management principles are guidelines for everyday professional activities. They constitute normative statements for academicians, researchers, and managers.

Marketing Research Standards

The Insights Association has developed a new Code of Standards, which incorporates elements of both the CASRO and MRA Codes. Through 2018, the MRA Code continues to apply to individual members of the Insights Association and company members may refer to the CASRO Code.

Ethical Guidance and Social Research

This is the link to a set of current ethical guidelines created and maintained by the Social Research Association (SRA).

Ethical Practice

Here you can find a link to the Statement of Ethical Practice provided by the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Code of ethics

This is a link to the American Sociological Association’s (otherwise known as the ASA) Code of Ethics document, which was approved by ASA Membership in spring of 1997.

Ethical principles

The American Psychological Association (APA) website is a great resource for serving up solutions to ethical dilemmas and information on current ethical issues.

Research Ethics framework

Searching for some guidance on ethics? We suggest you visit the The ESRC Research Ethics Framework page, which contains guidelines on ethics for research projects as well as relevant discussions that surround their development and usage.

The Missenden Code

The Missenden Code is another ethics-related framework which related to the challenges posed by the increased commercialization of research and the shifts in the sources of research funding.

Department of Health Research

If you intend to conduct any research in a National Health Service organization, such as a hospital or local authority social care organization, it will fall within the reference terms of the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care issued by the Department of Health in 2005.

NHS Related Research

This link takes you to the NHS National Research Ethics Service. Further information on the ethics of research in the NHS.  


The RESPECT code is a European Union project looking at developing an ethical code for all researchers working in the socio-economic field. This site is useful because it contains not just the code but also information on how the code was developed.

Feminist ethical issues

This article looks at a specific ethical issue facing feminist researchers, namely how to reflect the views of non-feminist women. It is written by Dianne Millen.

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