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ERIC Number: EJ1052908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Spotlight on Ethics: Institutional Review Boards as Systemic Bullies
Carr, Caleb T.
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v37 n1 p14-29 2015
Bullying, often considered an interpersonal or intergroup behaviour, has not been explored as an unintended artefact of organisational structure. Institutional review boards (IRBs), the 'human research ethics committees' at US universities, help oversee the protection of human research subjects, particularly in the social sciences within higher education, but are organisationally situated so that they often have unchecked power over research. Consequently, this essay utilises IRBs as a lens through which to explore systemic bullying. Though important components of academic institutions, considering IRBs as bullies may empower institutions to the address negative effects on researchers' personal and professional well-being and the unchecked mission creep reported of many IRBs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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