Unethical practices in competitive analysis: Patterns, causes and effects

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Scholars and executives have expressed concern over the growing frequency of unethical practices in companies' conduct of competitive analysis - the process by which a firm gathers, analyzes, and interprets data about its rivals. This article reports the results of an exploratory study of 137 senior executives' perceptions of unethical competitive analysis practices, their causes, and their potential effect on industries, companies and individuals. The article discusses the implications of the results for developing guidelines to safeguard against ethical violations in competitive analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


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