School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

The Ethical Challenges of Competitive Intelligence Gathering

Project Description

Research on the ethical perspectives of competitive intelligence (CI) gathering forms the basis of a practitioner orientated consultancy project with Andrew Crane (York University, Toronto). The initial project was funded by the Institute of Business Ethics (2008).

Project Aims

Earlier research on competitors and ethics includes a look at the ethics of mystery shopping (with Michelle Ng Kwet Shing) and an illustration of competitors as the forgotten stakeholder which has moral credence for small and medium sized enterprises (with Anne-Marie Coles, University of Greenwich and Lisa Harris, University of Southampton).

Key Publication

Crane, A. and Spence, L.J. (2008) Competitive Intelligence: Ethical challenges and good practice, Institute of Business Ethics, London.


Laura Spence (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Andrew Crane (Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada)