Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Free-Riderism Among Academicians: An Ethical of Islamic Perspective

Author(s): Mohd Nizam Sahad, Fathullah Asni

Many academics emphasize free-riderism issues in academic writing. They give the various factors of the problem, among which are high KPI requirements and compete for promotion. This study is to identify non-ethical elements according to Islamic perspective in freeriderism among academicians and therefore to provide solution methods to prevent free-riderism practices. This study is qualitative in which data is collected through library research, i.e. by referring to authoritative newspapers, Islamic ethics books, constitutions and journals. The data were analyzed using document and content analysis. The findings show that there are three nonethical elements in free-riderism practices that include treason (khiyanah), fraud and trick (hilah). The findings also show that there are ethical values of Islam to be applied in order to prevent free-riderism practices among academics that include intent (niyyah), wasatiyyah, trust (amanah) and courtesy (ihsan).

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