ERIC Number: ED496368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The Temptations of Corporate Funding
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v12 n2 Mar-Apr 2004
Scientific researchers on campus increasingly worry that commercial sponsorship skews conclusions and restricts data sharing. Boards can help balance conflicting interests. This article discusses how boards of trustees and all leaders at universities and nonprofit research institutes can set the balance in accepting privately funded research contracts, monitor university-industry partnerships, and promote science that is in everyone's interest. The author argues that, rather than embrace disclosure as the antidote to conflicts of interest, all of higher education should start adopting principles that prevent or prohibit the more egregious cases. Ways must be found to retain the integrity of our research institutions against the encroaching commercialization and conflict of interest.
Descriptors: Integrity, Conflict of Interest, School Business Relationship, Research and Development, Financial Policy, Administrator Role
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.