Measuring the Importance of Ethical Behavior Criteria

TitleMeasuring the Importance of Ethical Behavior Criteria
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsPearson, MJ, Crosby, L, Shim, JP
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number00010782
Accession Number12572513
Keywordsbusiness , BUSINESS ethics , computer , Computer Ethics , COMPUTER science , Electronic , INDUSTRIAL , information , Organizational , Privacy , Privacy and Surveillance , professional , professional responsibility
AbstractDue to the sensitive nature of and value associated with the different types of information required by today's managers, organizations must insist the accuracy of information provided by their computer-based systems. Unfortunately, recent cases involving software piracy, data theft, system espionage and employee monitoring have emphasized the unethical behavior that can accompany the use of information technology. Anecdotal experiences and past studies have indicated that two or more common causes of the misapplication of the technology are: the organization's computer system is not secure from unauthorized outside agencies, and the inside keepers of the information systems are not willing to operate in an ethical manner. As organizations become more reliant on IT, it is obvious that the actions of the information systems professionals can have a tremendous impact on the success or failure of their organizations. If the IS professional is to fill this strategic role, it is critical that individuals within this profession act in an ethical and responsible manner.
NotesPearson, J. Michael 1; Email Address:; Crosby, Leon 2; Email Address:; Shim, J. P. 3; Email Address:; Affiliations: 1: Business Computer Information Systems Department, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.; 2: Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics Division, Emporia State University, Kansas.; 3: Department of Management and Information Systems, Mississippi State University.; Issue Info: Sep97, Vol. 40 Issue 9, p94; Thesaurus Term: INFORMATION resources management; Thesaurus Term: INFORMATION technology; Thesaurus Term: ORGANIZATIONAL behavior; Thesaurus Term: INFORMATION resources; Thesaurus Term: INDUSTRIAL management; Subject Term: ELECTRONIC systems; Number of Pages: 7p; Document Type: Article
Short TitleMeasuring the Importance of Ethical Behavior Criteria
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