Review of The Ethical Professor: A Practical Guide to Research, Teaching, and Professional Life, by Lorraine Eden, Kathy Lund Dean, and Paul M. Vaaler
The flaws and the virtues of The Ethical Professor are closely related to its origins as an Academy of Management blog on ethical issues in academic life that Lorraine Eden and her co-authors wrote from 2011 to 2015, inspired by the New York TimesSunday Magazine ethics column then written by Randy Cohen. On the negative side of the ledger: the book is lumpy and atheoretical, with 31 short chapters (nine on research, ten on teaching, and ten on professional life, plus an introduction and conclusion) that read like expanded, footnoted blog posts that have neither the informal intimacy of Cohen’s and his successors’ columns nor the systematizing rigor one expects from academic articles and books. On the positive side: the chapters contain many clearly conveyed, experience-based nuggets of insight, including an excellent, two-chapter discussion of the ethics of “slicing and dicing” empirical research into multiple articles, that make the book work for Ph.D. students as a sensible...
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Conflict of interest
In 2017, the reviewer submitted a book proposal that was rejected to the same editor and publisher that published The Ethical Professor. To the best of the reviewer’s knowledge and belief, this fact has not influenced his review of the book.