Towards a Taxonomy of Academic Misconduct: The Case of Business School Research

42 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2018

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Jeremy Hall

University of Nottingham

Ben Martin

SPRU, University of Sussex; University of Cambridge - Judge Business School - Centre for Science and Policy (CSAP) and Centre for Business Research (CBR)

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

This paper examines the growing pressures and incentives encouraging research misconduct, along with the consequences, as illustrated by the case of business school research. Drawing on a review of the literature on different theoretical approaches to analysing organizational misconduct, we develop a formal taxonomy distinguishing appropriate conduct from blatantly inappropriate misconduct but with a specific focus on the ‘grey’ areas between these extremes in the form of questionable and inappropriate behaviour. We identify various sources of research misbehaviour and different categories of those affected. The aim is to provide a clearer understanding of what research behaviour is deemed appropriate or not, which stakeholders it affects, and the pressures and incentives likely to exacerbate such misconduct. We conclude with a discussion of how the taxonomy can help shape future good research practice (thereby setting a better example to students), and offer some propositions for future research.

Keywords: research misconduct, taxonomy, inappropriate conduct, questionable conduct, competitive pressures, business schools

Suggested Citation

Hall, Jeremy and Martin, Benjamin R., Towards a Taxonomy of Academic Misconduct: The Case of Business School Research (March 2018). Research Policy, Vol. 48, 2019; SWPS 2019-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3319860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3319860

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