Research Ethics at BI

The Act on Ethics and Integrity in Research entered into force on 1 July 2007. In this connection BI Norwegian Business School has appointed an internal advisory committee on research ethics.

All research at BI should be performed in line with current academic and ethical guidelines as formulated by the The National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH). 

More specifically, this involves:

  • Norms for good academic practice, related to the search for adequate and relevant knowledge (academic freedom, openness, verifiability etc.).
  • Norms that govern the research community (integrity, accountability, impartiality, criticism, etc.).
  • Obligations to those taking part in research (respect, dignity, confidentiality, free and informed consent, etc.).
  • Researchers' relationship with the rest of society (independence, conflicts of interest, responsibility and dissemination).

Every researcher has a personal responsibility to ensure that the research activity is carried out within the current ethical frameworks. Department managers and deans are responsible for facilitation and ongoing monitoring. 

At BI, knowledge of ethics is provided via courses, seminars and other information activities. The BI Research Ethics Committee has an independent role with emphasis on sharpening researchers' awareness of ethics, as well as advising management on specific issues about ethical issues and dilemmas.

The BI Research Ethics Committee

The internal advisory committee's members:

  • Professor Dag Mihcalsen, UiO (Chair)
  • Professor Benedicte Brøgger, BI
  • Professor Morten Kinander, BI

Research Director Svein Ole Borgen is the secretary of the council. 

There are three important tasks for the Research Ethics Committee:

Raising awareness
The Committee shall inform the governing bodies, departments and employees at BI on research ethical issues and otherwise contribute to the research ethics as part of the training at BI.

The Committee will propose measures that sharpen awareness of academic integrity among researchers, students and graduates.

The Committee shall consider and give its opinion on individual ethics cases arising in disputes or complaints related to violations of research integrity and good research practice at BI. BI has developed procedures for handling suspected breaches of research ethics guidelines.