Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Dan Martin at California State U. has written an interesting article oon "Culture and Unethical Conduct: Understanding the Impact of Individualism and Collectivism on Actual Plagiarism." Although his focus is on business students, and he specifically compares Asian and Caucasian students, you can extrapolate some interesting ideas potentially applicable to the work of teaching legal writing to a diverse group of U.S. law students.
Here's the abstract:
"This criterion study examined the impact of the cultural dimensions of individualism and collectivism on actual plagiarism in working business students. Given globalization of business and recent business scandals, furthering our understanding of international ethics remains critical. Business students are the potential employees, managers and leaders of organizations in the future. In this study we focus on one form of unethical conduct by business students, i.e. actual plagiarism, and seek to determine the link between this behavior and cultural values of individualism/collectivism and associated stereotypes of Asian/Caucasian students. Our findings suggest that individualists plagiarize more than collectivists, and that no significant differences in plagiarism exist between Asian and Caucasian students, contrary to popular beliefs. The implications of these findings for scholars and managers are discussed."