The Fabrication of “The Isomorphic Development of Insurance—The Perspective of Social Network Analysis”
26 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 4, 2017
Weng and Lai (2010) proposed the social network method to analyze how relationships between insurance patents developed. The authors claim that “technological isomorphism in insurance already occurs.” The following will prove that their conclusion is a work of fiction. Specifically, the so-called “isomorphic development of insurance” is based on two similar clusters of co-citation patents. We will verify the existence of one “clustering” of Weng and Lai (2010) and prove the fabrication of the other “clustering”, which was constructed using falsified sample data. More importantly, we will prove that the inclusion of false data was not the result of simple carelessness, but deliberate manipulation.
Keywords: academic ethics, fabrication, Taiwan, social network analysis, technological trajectories, technological isomorphism
JEL Classification: A23, K42
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