Academic Misconduct and Research Productivity of Business Scholars

Isabella Hatak, Rainer Harms, Matthias Fink, Johannes Gartner

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This study investigates whether business scholars’ moral posture is related to their productivity in terms of peer-reviewed publications and research funds. We distinguish between deontological and consequentialist moral postures and take account of the moderating role of researchers’ perceived autonomy and the competition between them. The empirical results show that strong moral postures do not diminish research productivity. Both perceived autonomy and competition foster researchers’ productivity. Interestingly, a deontological moral posture fosters researchers’ productivity in contexts of low competition, but diminishes it in highly competitive settings. The findings suggest that measures for ethical governance in research need to consider not only the moral posture that underlies researchers’ ethical decision making, but also the institutional environment in which researchers are embedded.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2017
PublisherAcademy of Management (AOM)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting: At the Interface - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20178 Aug 2017
Conference number: 77

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


OtherAcademy of Management Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleAOM
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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