A Guide to Steer Your Academic Career
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Mike Wright
Chapter 7: Ethics and publishing in entrepreneurship research
Scholarship in entrepreneurship relies upon research, publication and practice. As a result, ethics in entrepreneurship research is an increasingly important component of the field. As more and more universities, colleges, communities, secondary and, even, primary schools ëget into the actí, the issue of ethical values becomes both central and relevant to scholars in the field. Our field continues to prosper and, as a result, we can observe that entrepreneurship research, education and training are growing rapidly in universities and colleges throughout the world (Honig, 2004; Katz, 2003; Kauffman Foundation, 2008; Kuratko, 2005; Solomon, 2007). This trend is fuelled in part by a recognition that entrepreneurship can play an important role in economic growth (Kuratko, 2005; Schumpeter, 1934; Shane and Ventkataraman, 2000), and in part by assertions that entrepreneurship research and education can play an important role in developing more and/or better entrepreneurs (for example, Gorman et al., 1997; Katz, 2007; Pittaway and Cope, 2007). This chapter examines the ethical implications of this assumption, as well as examining ethical relationships regarding what we do as scholars and as researchers in order to earn our living, justify our existence, and assist with the often grand aspirations associated with our field and profession. Young scholars today are no doubt familiar with the adage ëpublish or perishí ñ an apt description of modern academic life. However, scholars should be aware that this was not always the case; in fact, the model of social science publication as we know and practice it is actually a relatively recent invention.
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