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Research misconduct in business and management studies: causes, consequences and possible remedies

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  • Dennis Tourish
  • Russell Craig
This article analyses 131 articles that have been retracted from peer-reviewed journals in business and management studies. We also draw from six in-depth interviews: three with journal editors involved in retractions; two with co-authors of papers retracted because a fellow author committed research fraud; and one with a former academic found guilty of research fraud. Our aim is to promote debate about the causes and consequences of research misconduct and to suggest possible remedies. Drawing on corruption theory, we suggest that a range of institutional, environmental and behavioural factors interact to provide incentives that sustain research misconduct. We explore the research practices that have prompted retractions. We contend that some widely-used, but questionable research practices, should be challenged so as to promote stronger commitment to research integrity and to deter misconduct. We propose eleven recommendations for action by authors, editors, publishers and the broader scientific community.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Early online date5 Sep 2018
Publication statusEarly online - 5 Sep 2018


  • Tourish JMI

    Rights statement: Dennis Tourish and Russell Craig, 'Research misconduct in business and management studies: causes, consequences and possible remedies,' Journal of Management Enquiry. Copyright © 2018 (The Authors). DOI: 10.1177/1056492618792621.

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