How should we understand ethics in collaboration? What approaches and tools do the K3 projects generate to ensure ethical collaborations? What ethical guidelines are needed?

This workshop will further explore the area between business and research ethics and their possible applications in collaboration and aims to create a basis for a policy document that can guide future collaboration projects.

As an introduction, we have invited two prominent researchers in the areas of business and research ethics to provide participants with tools to systematically discuss concrete ethical issues:

Charles Ess, professor of practical philosophy from the University of Oslo, will give us an overview of how we can deal with ethical problems in research in collaboration.

Joakim Sandberg, professor of practical philosophy from the University of Gothenburg, is an expert in the field of business ethics. He will address ethical issues in business-oriented collaboration.

Charles and Joakim will present frameworks that go beyond “ticking box” ethics and demonstrate how ethics does not only lead to better research but also better research designs and collaboration formats. In a societal context where every actor is highly specialized, collaborating with other actors can even be the way to ensure ethical research and education. We will learn how to identify our own social ethical roles in the diverse landscape of university collaborations and learn how to ensure that the integrity of each partner in a collaboration is respected.


10:00-11:00  Presentations and questions

What is our ethical social role in the landscape of university collaborations with external actors? (Joakim Sandberg)

How can collaboration with non-academics be the key to enable ethical research and education? (Charles Ess)

11:00-12:30  Creating groups according to participants’ ethical questions: Whom to collaborate with? How do we collaborate? What happens with the results?


13:30-15:00  Group work: Generating common ethical guidelines for university collaboration with external actors (with refreshments)

15:00-16:00 Feedback and advice from Charles Ess and Joakim Sandberg.

The participants will be asked to send in advance a short description of their ethical questions linked to their K3 project. The work will be systematically documented and the material will be used as a basis for creating a common policy document.

Gothenburg, 18 October 2019

Please register your participation here!

Date: October 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: University of Gothenburg
Pedagogen: House A
Room AK2 136 Karl-Gustaf Stukát
Address: Västra Hamngatan 25, Gothenburg
Tram stop: Grönsakstorget
6 min from Gothenburg Central Station with tram 2 or 11.