Reflections on Standards for Responsible – and High-Quality – Research: A Call for Peace

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The essay explores the concept of responsible research and its principles vis-à-vis standards of high-quality research. Responsible research fulfills standards of high-quality academic research and, at the same time, contributes positively to society. Standards of high-quality research include the definition of a relevant research problem, scientific due diligence, rigor, coherence, validity and soundness, contribution, and readability and style. As for positive contributions to society, I argue that any positive impact, or service, to society can have, in substance, the meaning of contributing to one or more aspects of peace. The expanded concept of peace outlined in the essay offers a transrational consolidation of epistemic and social values. It is, therefore, at the heart of responsible research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible Research for Better Business
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Useful and Credible Knowledge for Business and Society
EditorsLaszlo Zsolnai, Mike Thompson
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-37810-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-37809-7
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth
ISSN (Electronic)2662-1339


  • Principles of research
  • Socially responsible science
  • Business
  • Peace
  • Transrationality
  • New paradigm
  • Epistemic and social values
  • pluralism

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