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80th Annual Meeting of the VHB

May 23-25, 2017

Magdeburg, Germany

Scientific misconduct and current accusations of violations against principles of correct scientific work


Declaration of the Executive Board of the German Academic Association for Business research, 7.10.2013



With its relevant committees, the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) observes serious accusations of scientific misconduct against some of its members with great concern.


The intensity of the discussion in question reveals that we are dealing with a highly sensitive area.  


According to the information VHB has received from the committees of the universities affected or the relevant courts, however, the necessity for a sustainable explanation of these accusations is also being addressed.  


The VHB Executive Board is of the view that there is no reason for VHB to take active action before the conclusion of ongoing due process. This stance will be revisited at the association’s regular committee meetings.


On behalf of the German Academic Association for Business Research


Prof. Dr Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufseß

Chairman of the Executive Board


Prof. Dr Barbara Weißenberger

Deputy Chairwoman of the Executive Board