There's a department at my university where the head of department is routinely put as author on papers he didn't contribute to, and where researchers from overseas who had no input (but who provide funding to the department) are put on papers.
As a pragmatic matter, how should a PhD student respond when they are told to put three names on a paper, when those people didn't contribute? Assume that refusing to put the co-authors on is not an option, because:
- There will be bad consequences if they do not, and
- This practice is routinely done at a high level, and there is nobody at the university to complain to about it.
This is not a duplicate of this question, because its answer assumes that it is practical for the student to refuse.