Mary Swenson struggled to finish her doctorate at Capella University. So when she found Sharon Bender, it seemed a saving grace.
A Capella business professor, Bender took an interest in Swenson's management research, even suggesting they team up on a book, Swenson said.
Instead, she charges, her mentor began lifting her work. Swenson said she discovered "thinly veiled" versions of her own writing on Bender's Web site and said that, when confronted, her mentor claimed she deserved some credit herself.
Bender said Swenson's claims are not true - and said it was Swenson who co-opted her ideas.