Plagiarism increasing in SA’s management circles, UJ study finds

A new study has revealed that several researchers in the field of management in South Africa are stealing others’ work and passing it off as their own. 
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Several researchers in the field of management in South Africa are stealing others’ work and passing it off as their own and getting it published in journals.

Academic institutions come down hard on students who steal the work of others and pass it off as their own. But, it has now been revealed that several researchers in the field of management in South Africa are doing just that – and getting “their” work published in journals.

In the world of academia, such plagiarism is considered highly unethical as it’s a form of theft of the currency in which researchers work. Yet, according to the study, it is on a sharp increase.

And that’s not to say it isn’t happening in other disciplines too – it’s just that the study used data from management journals.

Professor of management at University of Johannesburg Adèle Thomas looked at 19 South African management journals, and compared the data to that of an earlier study (published in 2015) that looked at the same 19 journals published in 2011.

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BY: TANYA FARBER

SOURCE: TMG DIGITAL

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