Plagiarism in higher education: advancing your knowledge or advancing your career

The recent case of the allegation of plagiarism against US senator Joe Walsh reveals the unintended albeit to be expected consequences of smudging together academic with career achievement.

Many organisations are socially constructed to unthinkingly promote ‘competition’ as the mantra for success. This favours the style and ambition of self serving individuals.

In that world plagiarism is ‘just another way of getting on’. Here we have a clash of ‘orders of interaction’ (cf Goffman 1959) where the norms and values of some corporate/political social settings clash with the norms and values expected in higher education.

Leaders might consider how to balance the need to compete with the values of honesty and humility?


Tesco boss Philip Clarke to leave

From the BBC website

Dave Lewis brings a wealth of international consumer experience and expertise in change management, business strategy, brand management and customer development.”

I wonder what comes first management practice or business school ‘speak’ about how managers think they should talk about their practice?

What if below par performance is in someway related to the organisations and structures that come from the confines of management speak?

What if there is something other than brand management and change management that makes a difference?

What if business leaders realised the assumptions upon which conventional management speak is built and the consequences of those assumptions for running (nearly wrote ruining) businesses?

How about attention to customer selectivity rather than the goods dominant mantra of differentiation? How about Value Proposing capability instead of the mantra Brand Management? How about Using Imagination instead of the mantra of Customer Development?

The perils of buying into a discourse

eulog002How easily do you buy into the ideas of guru’s?

Disruptive Innovation

I just love John Naughton’s last comment:

“US business schools are sausage machines for the production of soi-disant big ideas such as Christensen’s. It’s a pernicious genre based on one simple principle: the “idea” must be big enough to seem profound, but it mustn’t be so profound that it cannot be memorised by halfwits and used in PowerPoint presentations.”

Thanks to John Fredericks of NTU for sharing originally.

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