The Impact of Cumulative Pressure on Accounting Students’ Propensity to Commit Plagiarism: An Experimental Approach

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Hwee Ping Koh

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Glennda Scully

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David R. Woodliff

University of Western Australia

Date Written: December 2011

Abstract

Adopting aspects of Jones, T.M., 1991, Academy of Management Review16, 366–395 issue‐contingent model of ethical decision‐making to guide our choice of variables, we investigate perceptions of factors that affect student plagiarism. In an experimental setting, time pressure and assessment weighting are manipulated between‐subjects, whilst the severity of plagiarism is examined within‐subjects. Our findings confirm that time pressure and assessment weighting are positively related to perceptions of the likelihood of plagiarism and that plagiarism is perceived as more likely for less severe acts. Further, the likelihood of plagiarism increases as the cumulative pressure of both time deadline and assessment weighting increases.

Keywords: Plagiarism, Accounting education, Academic honesty, Moral intensity, Ethics

JEL Classification: M42, I20

Suggested Citation

Koh, Hwee Ping and Scully, Glennda and Woodliff, David R., The Impact of Cumulative Pressure on Accounting Students’ Propensity to Commit Plagiarism: An Experimental Approach (December 2011). Accounting & Finance, Vol. 51, Issue 4, pp. 985-1005, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1953769 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-629X.2010.00381.x

Hwee Ping Koh (Contact Author)

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Glennda Scully

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David R. Woodliff

University of Western Australia ( email )

Department of Accounting & Finance
Nedlands WA 6907
AUSTRALIA

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