Awareness of Information Systems’ Students to Ethical Decision Making

By Amine NehariTalet.

Published by The Learner Collection

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As technological advances reshape society and the workplace, the effects of IT are complex, hard to estimate exactly, and probably have different values for different people at different times and places. Recognizing the importance of pursuing the ethical life as well as the unique ethical challenges caused by rapidly evolving technologies, scholars have recently discussed how best to integrate ethical education in the information technology (IT) curriculum
The purpose of this study is to investigate the ethical issues in education in terms of Information Systems students’ attitudes at Saudi universities towards misuse Information technology.
We examine the differences in the ethical decision-making process; ethical awareness, and intention to perform questionable acts. We tested differences in attitudes towards different questionable actions. These consisted eighteen statements (eleven statements are personnel decision without any external interference, five statements with external interference on the decision, and two statements are from general situations to perform questionable acts) by using three different independent variables (gender, age and university level).
The measures of awareness capture the extent to which respondents felt that a particular action was unethical according to each of several ethical criteria.
This work explored information technology ethics in several ways. First, the work analyzed whether information technology use is viewed by individuals as an ethical topic. Second, demographic differences were explored. Significant differences were found in many cases between demographic groups based on ethical issues. These findings can be used to target and address ethical issues and enforcement in information systems curriculum.

Keywords: Information Technology Ethics, Ethical Awareness, Ethical Decision

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.499-514. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 803.593KB).

Dr. Amine NehariTalet

Associate Professor, Department of Accounting & MIS, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

I have a PhD in MIS, MSc in O.R and postgraduate diploma in Finance with areas of interest in implementation of E- learning, ERP in developing countries, and the place of E-Commerce in developing countries. I am a reviewer for many international conferences and for textbooks related to MIS. I have published many papers in journals.


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