Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 33–50 | Cite as

Using Creative Writing Techniques to Enhance the Case Study Method in Research Integrity and Ethics Courses



The following article explores the use of creative writing techniques to teach research ethics, breathe life into case study preparation, and train students to think of their settings as complex organizational environments with multiple actors and stakeholders.


Narrative Ethics Research integrity Teaching Creative writing Organizational behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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