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Methodology of Public Sector Ethics Research

This research project will investigate the question of how and with what methods do we study business as well as administrative ethics. Menzel (2005) for the United States and Doig and Lawton (2006) for Europe presented an overview of what research questions are being asked in the field of administrative ethics research. Building on their work, this research project investigates the research methods being used. A first overview of the research methodology of ethics research will focus on empirical research published between 2000 and 2005 in leading European and U.S. journals. The one question that will guide this research concerns the issue of plurality of methods applied in ethics research. What methods are being used? Are we biased towards a certain type of research strategy? Are certain methods tied to specific research questions or not? Another question will address the tendency towards quantitative research methods in ethics research. Do we observe this phenomenon in the study of ethics and integrity of governance as well as in business ethics and what could that mean? It will be the basis for further research that focuses on factors that explain the picture we are drawing here. Within this research project two workshops have been organised: (1) Workshop on this theme during the Milan meeting of the study group, Sept. 2006 (for further information www.egpa-ethics.eu) (2) Workshop during Transatlantic Workshop on Ethics and Integrity – 2007 – in Washington D.C., March 21-23, "Advancements in methodologies" (Co-chairs; Jonathan West- University of Miami, Jeroen Maesschalck - Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, and Patrick von Maravic - Zeppelin University, Germany) (http://www.uakron.edu/colleges/artsci/depts/paus/tad.php)
Projektbeginn: 01.08.2006
Projektende: 31.12.2009
Dr. rer. pol. Patrick von Maravic

Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

Dr. rer. pol. Patrick von Maravic
EGPA Study group of Ethics and Integrity of Governance

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