Academic Journals Retract Papers by U.Va. Darden Doctoral Student


Dear Faculty and Staff,

Two academic journals, The Journal of Business Ethics and The Journal of Enterprising Culture, have retracted papers by a student of entrepreneurship in the doctoral program of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, for alleged plagiarism.

We at the Darden School take any possible violations of academic integrity - including plagiarism - with utmost seriousness. We at the Darden School respect the decisions of the journals and are committed to a thorough review of this matter. 

The Journal of Business Ethics announced its retraction of the paper, "The 'strong' versus 'weak' premise of stakeholder legitimacy," in April. The Journal of Enterprising Culture removed the paper, "Understanding the antecedents to an entrepreneurial firm's intent to engage in international strategic alliances," from its website in June.

The University of Virginia has an official policy for Research Misconduct, which outlines the process and procedures that are taken when there is an allegation of possible research misconduct. U.Va.'s Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies oversees investigations.

Details of specific cases remain confidential out of respect for due process and in compliance with federal student privacy laws

Thank you for your support.


Sankaran Venkataraman
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
MasterCard Professor of Business Administration

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