Attribution of words versus attribution of responsibilities : Academic plagiarism and university practice

Luke, Belinda G. & Kearins, Kate (2012) Attribution of words versus attribution of responsibilities : Academic plagiarism and university practice. Organization, 19(6), pp. 881-889.

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This paper examines a case of academic plagiarism and the subsequent treatment of the issues across several academic institutions. It calls for academic leaders in universities to act on what constitutes a serious breach of standards, engendered in part by broader institutional norms and values promoting the need for publications in a ‘publish or perish’ environment. While universities often promote high-sounding ideals and would generally wish to be seen to uphold high academic standards, it is argued that silence and complicity surround the way in which instances of plagiarism in academic publications are often dealt with. Actions (and inaction) by academic leaders in universities in dealing with cases of academic plagiarism speak volumes in terms of the values academic institutions profess, and those they actually uphold. The paper prompts readers to consider the need for a more consistent and proactive stance on the part of their own institutions to exercise ethical leadership in identifying and addressing academic plagiarism when it occurs.

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ID Code: 55572
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: plagiarism, academics, academia, university practice, responsibilities, HERN
DOI: 10.1177/1350508412448857
ISSN: 1350-5084
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2012 03:07
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 14:39

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