PLAGIARISM AND BUSINESS PLANS: A GROWING CHALLENGE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION?
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AbstractEntrepreneurship students in numerous academic programs face a unique and arguably difficult assignment: that of creating a business plan. Unfortunately, some students purposely cheat, and others lack sufficient competencies in research and writing, such that they violate academic integrity policies. While plagiarism has been a hot topic in recent media coverage, and in education at large, there is scant research in existence to date that addresses plagiarism specifically as it relates to business plans and entrepreneurship courses. Numerous researchers have observed an overall increase in various forms of academic dishonesty as well as shifting attitudes among students. This paper discusses business plan plagiarism cases and methods by which they were detected and prosecuted through the Judicial Affairs offices at one institution. The author also provides a possible impetus and suggestions for future research as it pertains to a growing challenge for the academic (and practical community). PLAGIARISM: JUST HOW BAD IS IT? As a Harvard undergraduate student sat across from her in an interview on the Today show, a “skeptical ” Katie Couric asked probing questions about the plagiarism allegations that had been