Dr. Neil Granitz, a Marketing lecturer at California State University, and Dr. Dana Loewy, a lecturer for Business Communication at California State University published their research ‘Applying Ethical Theories: Interpreting and Responding to Student Plagiarism in the Journal of Business Ethics’ in 2007. They divided their paper in six chapters (Introduction, Background, Methodology, Results, Discussion and recommendations and Conclusion). The authors start with an Introduction where they declare the rise of plagiarism and the purpose of this article. They intend to detect to which ethical theory students justification of plagiarism can be classified and to develop, on base of that, methods for instructors to prevent it. With giving a historical background to the issue of plagiarism and how plagiarism changed in times of Internet usage the authors review the lack of research where the reasoning of plagiarism is analysed. They clarify six ethical theories to classify students’ responds. Connected to that, they disclose the Methodology of the research where they appoint a West Coast university as the source for their content and that they had recruit two more independent judges to protect the research from the impact of the researcher.
In the results, it appears that students reasoning are assignable to all six theories, but the theory of deontology accounts over 40% of students’ explanation. The authors discuss their results and find correlation to former researches. They give general recommendations to institutes and to each theory.   In their conclusion, they recommend their research as a base for future ones.

The article bases on an analysis to ascertain a general understanding to which ethical theory students’ responds are accountable when caught by plagiarizing and called for a report (Granitz and Loewy, 2007).   Furthermore, to develop on base of that, applicable recommendations to prevent plagiarism in all student populations. The...