Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity

Sattler S, Graeff P, Willen S (2013)
Deviant Behavior 34(6): 444-463.

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Plagiarism is a fraudulent behavior that infringes on the rules of universities and intellectual property rights. Rational choice theory provides a theoretical framework for explaining this deviant behavior. Our study increases knowledge of the little analyzed interrelation among the individual determinants of deviant behavior. We use panel data from a large-scale random sample of university students (N=2,806). The expected utility of plagiarism, internalized social norms, and opportunities to plagiarize can explain the frequency of plagiarism. The significant interaction between utility and opportunity could be interpreted as a form of temptation. Promising strategies to reduce plagiarism are also discussed.
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Sattler S, Graeff P, Willen S. Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity. Deviant Behavior. 2013;34(6):444-463.
Sattler, S., Graeff, P., & Willen, S. (2013). Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity. Deviant Behavior, 34(6), 444-463.
Sattler, S., Graeff, P., and Willen, S. (2013). Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity. Deviant Behavior 34, 444-463.
Sattler, S., Graeff, P., & Willen, S., 2013. Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity. Deviant Behavior, 34(6), p 444-463.
S. Sattler, P. Graeff, and S. Willen, “Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity”, Deviant Behavior, vol. 34, 2013, pp. 444-463.
Sattler, S., Graeff, P., Willen, S.: Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity. Deviant Behavior. 34, 444-463 (2013).
Sattler, Sebastian, Graeff, Peter, and Willen, Sebastian. “Explaining the Decision to Plagiarize: An Empirical Test of the Interplay Between Rationality, Norms, and Opportunity”. Deviant Behavior 34.6 (2013): 444-463.
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