Back to the Merton ideals? Corporate fraud, scientific dishonesty, and the need to reform academic institutions and identity
2013 (English)In: 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013, proceeding, Druid Web , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
For a long time, plagiarism and data manipulation have been dealt with as serious issues in science and medicine. Reluctantly, academic dishonesty and manipulation are also becoming important issues in social sciences, with prestigious journals recently retracting several published and highly cited papers. This paper provides statistics on retracted papers during the last 12 years in management and economics as reported in several comprehensive databases, Ebsco Business Source Premier, Emerald, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Springer, Taylor & Francis Online and Wiley Online Library and analyzes which, if any, explicit policies journals have formulated in this area. Drawing on recent analyses of persistent corporate fraud, the paper discusses the role of similar mechanisms for the non-discovery of academic fraud, such as institutional endorsement and ascription, fragmented control and mimetic herding. This analysis is related to current forms of academic identity construction, where publications outlets and numbers trump substance, and referencing is more important than reading or reflecting. The paper ends with a menu of possible remedies, from journal policies and the practices of employment committees to the everyday actions of individual academics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Druid Web , 2013.
Plagiarism, Academic Dishonesty, Retraction, Institutional analysis, Corporate fraud, Academic identity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106552DiVA: diva2:716514
35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013, Barcelona, Spain, June 17-19, 2013