5) Research ethics and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & Agreement on Comissioned Work
Research ethics gives you a moral frame within which to conduct and report your study. There are ethical issues in every step of the research process starting from research collaboration, formulating research questions, doing a literature review, gaining access to organizations and individuals, collecting and analyzing data, writing up the report and finally semination of research results. When doing research, you should be guided by the intent not to deceive, and not to harm the research participants and society as whole.
Majority of theses done in the Department of
Management Studies collect personal data. Personal data refers to any
information from which the person participating in the study can be identified
directly or indirectly (name, online identifier, location data, etc.). All such
studies fall under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Make sure that
you follow the regulations and subject your research under the evaluation of
the Ethics Board of the Aalto University in case that is needed. This is not a suggestion, this is the law.
It is your duty to read the slides and all the material under the links below in order to make sure that you would not accidentally violate research ethics. Following ethical guidelines is also essential for the validity of your research.
If you have any ethical concerns relating to your research, discuss them with your supervisor and contact the Aalto services on research ethics (contact information under the links). Ethical guidelines are there to protect the participants of the study, society at large but also you, the researcher.
Note: After passing the seminar you cannot claim that you were not aware of research ethics in case of misconduct.
In case you are doing comissioned work, please discuss and agree on procedures in writing in advance. Please see the links below for further advice. A written agreement is there to protect you as well as the commisioner.