Title

Computer Ethics: The Influence of Guidelines and Universal Moral Beliefs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2002

Keywords

computers, ethics, rules

Abstract

Examines the influence of computer guidelines and the belief in universal moral rules on ethical intentions regarding the use of computers in the workplace. The results revealed that the interaction between computer guidelines and belief in universal moral rules was significant. Business professionals with a strong belief in universal moral rules exhibited high ethical intentions, regardless of whether or not their organization had clear guidelines concerning the use of company computers. However, for business professionals with a low belief in universal moral rules, the presence of clear computer guidelines had a positive effect on ethical intentions. This investigation provides evidence that computer guidelines are positively related to ethical intentions only for individuals who do not adhere to a belief in universal moral rules.

Recommended Citation

Peterson, Dane K. "Computer ethics: the influence of guidelines and universal moral beliefs." Information Technology & People 15, no. 4 (2002): 346-361.

DOI for the article

10.1108/09593840210453124

Department

Management and Information Technology

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