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Lichtenthaler retraction count rises to 11

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jpimUlrich Lichtenthaler’s retraction record is now in the double digits, with his 10th and 11th retractions coming in the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Here’s one notice, for a paper cited once, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge:

The following article from Journal of Product Innovation Management, The Impact of Aligning Product Development and Technology Licensing: A Contingency Perspective by Ulrich Lichtenthaler and Johan Frishammar, published online on 13 October 2011 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor-in-Chief, the Product Development and Management Association, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been agreed to due to inconsistencies in the empirical results. Prof. Dr. Lichtenthaler has indicated that Prof. Frishammar was not responsible for any of the statistical analyses in the article and Prof. Dr. Lichtenthaler accepts sole responsibility for this article being retracted.

And here’s the other:

The following article from Journal of Product Innovation Management, The Performance Implications of Dynamic Capabilities: The Case of Product Innovation by Ulrich Lichtenthaler, published online in EarlyView in June 2012 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor-in-Chief, the Product Development and Management Association, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been agreed to due to inconsistencies between construct names assigned to sets of measure items across various articles using data from the same sample for different purposes.

These retractions are apparently those referred to by an editorial in the journal posted on April 24. The Open Innovation blog, which was first to report these retractions, has more details.

Comments
  • Colleague May 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    While the University of Mannheim is still working on its investigation, which will take a year in total, assuming they meet their deadline this time. Not good for anyone involved.

    http://www.uni-mannheim.de/1/presse_uni_medien/pressemitteilungen/2013/M%C3%A4rz/Untersuchung%20Lichtenthaler/

  • RS May 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Speedy Google translation to English of a not so speedy process (below). Anyone know the status of the Mannheim investigation?
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    Investigation of allegations of scientific misconduct against Professor Dr. Ulrich Lichtenthaler

    Press Release 28 March 2013
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    To the current process for investigating allegations of scientific misconduct against Dr. Ulrich Lichtenthaler of the Mannheim Faculty of Business Administration declared the rector of the University of Mannheim, Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden:

    “The competent commission of the University of Mannheim since 24 July 2012 dealt with the allegations against Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lichtenthaler. The result of the investigation was first announced for the end of March 2013. However, the schedule could not be met due to the complexity of the allegations. I assume that the Commission’s report will be presented in June at the latest. Based on the report of the university administration will make a decision as soon as possible.

    The commission is working hard since last year in the clarification of the facts. It has taken a considerable temporal use of its members and other scientists at the University of Mannheim numerous measures in order to identify and evaluate potential violations of scientific standards can. Among other things the Commission has commissioned external reports, interviewed respondents and its own extensive evaluations performed.

    The allegations have proven over the course of the investigation to be much more complex than the Commission and the university administration had accepted this in the summer of 2012. Also, the issues are much more difficult to assess as it is needed for plagiarism in the theses that have engaged the public lately, was the case.

    The University of Mannheim will continue to do everything possible to clear up the allegations fully and conscientiously. We are aware that the process has significant meaning for the participants, but also for the confidence of the public in science. Precisely why a careful analysis must take precedence over with robust results for rapid completion of the process. “

  • Ben May 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Not even retraction watch can keep up with Lichtenthaler’s retractions these days! There is a new one in Industrial and Corporate Change. Will Mannheim EVER act? Sends really nice signals of the place they want to be…

  • New Retractions May 23, 2013 at 7:46 am

    yes, it is hard to keep up to date. Here is some information on the 12th retraction:
    http://blog.openinnovation.net/2013/05/icc-makes-12.html

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