Information systems students' attitude toward ethical behavior

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Computer Information Systems


It is apparent from the academic as well as the business literature that the Information Systems (IS) community is becoming more concerned with the ethical behavior of the IS professional. Ethical issues are always present in the development and operations of information systems. Because of this high visibility it seems beneficial to assess the attitude of information systems students toward ethical issues they might encounter in their professional lives. Several years ago a test instrument appeared in the Wall Street Journal. The instrument is to be used to assess ones attitude toward ethical issues, which are encountered daily in the business community, from accepting gifts to using employer's equipments for personal needs. I have administered this instrument in my classes, for several years now, for the purpose of comparing students' ethical behavior to that of the general public who reads the Wall Street Journal. This paper describes the findings of the accumulated data.

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