Global Innovation Awards 2017: Honorable Mention

Category: Writing with Integrity | Asia

D. Tripati Rao

Prof. D. Tripati Rao

Professor: Indian Institute of Management, India

“You need to be innovative. You need to think out of the box. You need to have your own way of understanding, conceptualizing the situation and putting it into a historical and cultural context of evolutionary process of an organization.”

Professor Rao, who teaches economics at Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, says his students readily adapted to Turnitin because, “[T]hey are highly competitive, and they know what’s best for them.” He’s been using Turnitin for the last few years to follow best practices in academic integrity, which aligns with the institute’s aim of shaping ethical corporate leaders.

As “signaling” in economics can convey credibility between two parties, Prof. Rao says use of Turnitin, as an anti-plagiarism tool, by itself can be a powerful signal to students that he takes academic integrity very seriously. This, he believes, not only deters plagiarism, but also provides an incentive for their own learning and growth.

He requires that all final reports be submitted through Turnitin, with no more than 15 percent of the content matching other referred sources – all of which should have proper attribution. He says it’s not only intelligence as much as hard work, sincerity, and practice that helps his students achieve the benchmarks he sets and reach to their potential.

If students want to learn how to be action-oriented creative entrepreneurs, says Prof. Rao, they can start by learning how to write in their own voice. In either case, he says, “You need to be innovative. You need to think out of the box. You need to have your own way of understanding, conceptualizing the situation and putting it into a historical and cultural context of evolutionary process of an organization.”

Prof. Rao says he appreciates that Turnitin, as a tool, comes in handy for doing his job much more efficiently. It saves him time grading student work and relieves him of the tedious task of checking for plagiarism through web-browser search (e.g. Google). But the real value, he says, is being able to maintain a high level of rigor and integrity, while in the process helping the students to acquire these attributes and honing writing and communication skills they’ll need to ultimately become socially responsible leaders.

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