Academic honesty on the agenda

20 August 2013

In the introduction case for the new master students at BI Norwegian Business School, 23 teams of five to six students were challenged in academic honesty. The best team was awarded a prize by BI President and jury member Tom Colbjørnsen.

"Academic honesty is a topic which is given more and more attention, not least because of the Internet. It is of great importance to all organisations, but particularly academic institutions," says President of BI Norwegian Business School, Tom Colbjørnsen.

A total of 23 teams participated, each with five to six students. The winners of the competition, who gave the best recommendations on how BI Norwegian Business School should approach academic integrity, became Sukanya Adiseshan, Rebecca van Beek, Niels Christian Brøgger, Nora Goldnick, Tommy Meidal and Jie Li.

"We received a number of good answers, but there was one exceptionally fine case. And so it wasn't difficult to name a winner," says Associate Professor Øyvind Kvalnes, who was in charge of the case.

In addition to Tom Colbjørnsen and Øyvind Kvalnes, the jury consisted of Ann Kristin Calisch, director for master programmes at BI, and PhD student Prosper Ameh Kwei-Narh. The case answers were assessed on five criteria: structure, theoretical framework, empiricism, language and form, and originality.

Important for our reputation

"Academic honesty is all about reputation, and in this type of activity, our integrity is critical for the students', staff's and business world's continued support of BI," says President at BI Norwegian Business School, Tom Colbjørnsen.

The success formula

The winning team had this to say about why they won:

"I don't think we would have won if we'd been given a week to write the answer. We are used to working with short deadlines," says Niels Christian Brøgger on the winning team.

"It is nice to know at this early stage what BI is expecting from the students. We have clearly done something right," says Brøgger.

"A focus on academic honesty is important for the school's reputation. If I had to choose between two schools and one of them was known for dishonesty, I would have chosen the one that went for honesty and integrity," Brøgger concludes.

Everyone on the winning team was given an Akademika book token worth NOK 1000.

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