PhDs often tolerate ethical grey areas to finish research, says new study

March 4, 2016

PhD candidates will often persist in the face of ethical dilemmas when conducting their research, according to a new paper published in the journal Organizational Research Methods. The three authors of the paper, titled “A dynamic process model for finding informants and gaining access in qualitative research,” say that they first came together at a 2013 conference when they realized that they all “had stories about the lengths that [they] would go and the boundaries [they] would consider crossing in order to… get on with [their] dissertations.” These dilemmas included tolerating sexism in the workplace for research purposes, getting a tattoo to study the work of tattoo artists, and wanting to interview fellow participants in a yoga teacher training program. Times Higher Education