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|Title:||Testing an ethical decision-making theory: The case of softlifting|
|Authors:||Thong, J.Y.L. |
|Citation:||Thong, J.Y.L.,Yap, C.-S. (1998-06). Testing an ethical decision-making theory: The case of softlifting. Journal of Management Information Systems 15 (1) : 213-237. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||There is a lack of both theoretical and empirical research on the process of ethical decision making in the domain of information systems (IS). As a step in this direction, we describe and test a general ethical decision-making theory developed in the marketing discipline. We conducted a study on the ethical decision-making process of 243 entry-level IS professionals with regard to softlifting - that is, illegal copying of software for personal use. The results show support for the applicability of the tested ethical decision-making theory to the domain of IS, specifically in the context of softlifting. Entry-level IS professionals were found to use both deontological and teleological evaluations to arrive at an ethical judgment of a moral issue. Subsequently, moral intention to pursue softlifting behavior is primarily determined by the ethical judgment. These findings have implications for both research and practice.|
|Source Title:||Journal of Management Information Systems|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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