Research ethics

Audencia ethical review process:

Research is subject to active and appropriate consideration of ethical issues. Faculty is expected to publish in outlets characterised by integrity and avoid predatory journals, and that they follow at all stages of the research/publication process an ethical behavior. Audencia operates centralised ethical review processes for research. The ethical review processes apply to all Audencia faculty/researchers -led research of and are part of its commitment to research integrity.

The named person within the University responsible for research integrity is the Associate Dean for Research, Professor Emilios GALARIOTIS. The administrative lead for research integrity is Myriam AMAMI.

The rules that guide the ethics committee are the ethical chart of the Academy of Management.

The committee handles all cases of academic misconduct complaints including those coming from outside the school and treats all such cases internally and impartially.

People (both insiders and outsiders) that feel they are victims of such misconduct can contact us with an initial short email with a summary of the case and evidence, at the following email address: ethicscommittee@audencia.com.

The committee will consider all complaints and evidence together with the responses from the accused party/parties. Both parties (complainant and accused) are consulted and asked to respond to all charges and questions in person and/or in writing. Both parties, before the process commences must accept in writing that the outcomes of the committee are final and will be respected by both parties.

The ethical review is relevant for research involving human subjects, or which raises ethical issues. The review process will depend upon the nature of the project, and there are several possible options: 

·       Studies involving medical focus with patients, participants with mental incapacity

·       Studies involving all healthy human participants

·       Studies involving personal data

The rationale is that all parties involved with research should aim to maximize the benefit of the research with no harm to participants, considering ethical issues throughout the research project lifecycle. The aim of ethical review is to ensure that research is conducted safely and appropriately, rather than to limit research activity. 

To get ethical approval for a research project being conducted, Audencia Researchers need to complete the form available at the school intranet > Research Direction > Research Ethics

The ethics committee may decide that there are no ethical concerns, and give its approval or may decide that there are, in which case, feedback will be given to the author and further explanations/actions on the side of the submitting researchers may be required before the ethics committee further considers or approves the form. If necessary, for example in case of a disagreement of the submitting researchers and the decisions of the ethics committee, the committee in agreement with the submitting faculty will seek an external independent view of a subject specialist with priority given to considering an Affiliate Faculty Member.