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Modeling IT Ethics: A Study in Situational Ethics

Debasish Banerjee, Timothy Paul Cronan and Thomas W. Jones
MIS Quarterly
Vol. 22, No. 1 (Mar., 1998), pp. 31-60
DOI: 10.2307/249677
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/249677
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

Misuse of computer information systems has caused significant losses to business and society, even though computing has benefited both businesses and professionals. To this end, several measures have been suggested that both prevent and deter losses. One deterrent measure is to identify individual and situational characteristics of people who act ethically/unethically. This study identifies specific characteristics that are associated with and may influence the ethical behavior intention of information systems employees when faced with ethical dilemmas. The results of the study show that individual and situational characteristics do influence ethical behavior intention.

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