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What's Right and Wrong, and How to Make It Better

in Science for Sale

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226306254
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226306261.003.0015
What's Right and Wrong, and How to Make It Better

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This chapter discusses the pros and cons of the commercialization of academic research and proposes strategies for addressing relevant problems. It explains critics' view that the unrestrained pursuit of money had made academic research ethically numb to the detriment of science and the public well-being while promoters claim that important societal benefits come from university-based business pursuits. This chapter discusses the lessons that can be learnt from confronting scientific fraud and suggests that academic-industrial collaboration should be more closely focused on societal needs and benefits, and less on profit-seeking. It also proposes that business dealings between universities and industrial firms should be brought out of the dark through Internet posting of contracts and other agreements on publicly accessible databases.

Keywords: academic research; public well-being; societal benefits; scientific fraud; academic-industrial collaboration; university-based business pursuits

Chapter.  11139 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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