Towards a taxonomy of research misconduct: the case of business school research

Hall, Jeremy and Martin, Ben R (2018) Towards a taxonomy of research misconduct: the case of business school research. Research Policy. ISSN 0048-7333

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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

Item Type: Article
Keywords: research misconduct; taxonomy; inappropriate conduct; questionable conduct; competitive pressures; business schools
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Ben Martin
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 08:20
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 08:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74623

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