Cloak-and-dagger organization research: Benefits, costs & ethics of covert participant observation

Thomas J. Roulet, Michael J. Gill, Sebastien Stenger

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Abstract

Covert participant observation has often been discarded as a research method in the social sciences on the grounds that deceiving research subjects is unethical. We review the benefits and costs of the method to argue that the ethicality of covert observation is more ambiguous. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the study of socially important topics is often only possible through substantially covert participant observation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016
PublisherAcademy of Management
Pages577-581
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAcademy of Management, Annual Meeting: Making Organizations Meaningful - Los Angeles, Anaheim, CA, USA United States
Duration: 5 Aug 201610 Aug 2016
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Conference

ConferenceAcademy of Management, Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleAoM
CountryUSA United States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period5/08/1610/08/16
Internet address

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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    Roulet, T. J., Gill, M. J., & Stenger, S. (2016). Cloak-and-dagger organization research: Benefits, costs & ethics of covert participant observation. In 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016 (pp. 577-581). Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2016.25