Targets for honesty: how performance indicators shape integrity in Dutch higher education

Sjors Overman, Agnes Akkerman, René Torenvlied

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Abstract

Universities across the world have recently experienced a number of serious cases of academic misconduct. In the public and academic debates, one dominant explanation exists for the fraudulent behaviour of university staff. Academic misconduct is considered to be the logical behavioural consequence of output-oriented management practices, based on performance incentives. This article puts this explanation to the test. Based on our analysis of a dataset of employees in Dutch higher education (N = 4,775) from 2010 and 2012, we argue that performance indicators have a positive impact on higher education professionals' perception of integrity in their work environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1140-1154
JournalPublic administration
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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