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A Review of Ethical Issue Considerations in the Information Systems Research Literature

David Paradice, Auburn University, USA, dparadice@auburn.edu David Freeman, Auburn University, USA, , dzf0015@tigermail.auburn.edu Jianliang Hao, Auburn University, USA, jzh0064@tigermail.auburn.edu Joonghee Lee, Auburn University, USA, jzl0165@tigermail.auburn.edu Dianne Hall, Auburn University, USA, halldia@auburn.eduu
 
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David Paradice, David Freeman, Jianliang Hao, Joonghee Lee and Dianne Hall (2018), "A Review of Ethical Issue Considerations in the Information Systems Research Literature", Foundations and TrendsĀ® in Information Systems: Vol. 2: No. 2, pp 117-236. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/2900000012

Published: 21 Feb 2018
© 2018 D. Paradice, D. Freeman, J. Hao, J. Lee and D. Hall
 
Subjects
Information Systems and Individuals: IS acceptance and use,  Information Systems and Individuals: Privacy,  Information Systems and Individuals: Security,  Information Systems and Individuals: Trust in IS,  Information Systems and Society: Culture,  Information Systems Research Methods: Research Methods,  Organizational Behavior: Character and ethics,  Organizational Behavior: Organizational justice,  Behavioral Decision Making,  Consumer Behavior,  Health Economics: Moral Hazard,  Law and Economics: Torts, Contracts, and Property
 
Keywords
Information systems researchCodes of ethicsEthical theoriesEthicsEthics in information systems design and useEthics in information systems research
 

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In this article:
1. Introduction
2. Ethical Theories
3. Methodology and Macro Analysis
4. Behavior/Decision Making
5. Calls for Research
6. Codes of Ethics
7. Design
8. Ethics as a Classification Category
9. Government
10. Identity
11. Innovation
12. Piracy
13. Planning
14. Privacy
15. Researcher Obligations
16. Security
17. Teaching Case
18. Theory
19. Trust
20. An Agenda for IS Research
21. Conclusion
Appendices
References

Abstract

This monograph summarizes the treatment of ethical considerations that have been made by information systems researchers as reported in papers published in the Association of Information Systems Senior Scholars Basket of Journals. These eight journals, the first of which was published in 1977, contain 145 papers that are summarized in sixteen categories. When examined in this fashion, we find that information systems research over the years that incorporates an ethical perspective has transitioned from a focus on codes of ethics and general notions of behavior to more sophisticated models of piracy, privacy, and security. There has been a steady focus on theory development over the last ten years, as well as constant scrutiny on the obligations of information system researchers to both the subjects of studies and the consumers of the research results. The monograph begins with a brief introduction and review of major ethical theories. This is followed by the category summaries, which are listed in alphabetical order to enable a reader to jump to a specific topic. The last sections of the monograph address future research opportunities and the conclusions we draw. These sections include topics from the papers published as well as our own suggestions for research that examines ethical concerns in the increasingly networked world in which we live.

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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Ethical Theories
3. Methodology and Macro Analysis
4. Behavior/Decision Making
5. Calls for Research
6. Codes of Ethics
7. Design
8. Ethics as a Classification Category
9. Government
10. Identity
11. Innovation
12. Piracy
13. Planning
14. Privacy
15. Researcher Obligations
16. Security
17. Teaching Case
18. Theory
19. Trust
20. An Agenda for IS Research
21. Conclusion
Appendices
References

A Review of Ethical Issue Considerations in the Information Systems Research Literature

A Review of Ethical Issue Considerations in the Information Systems Research Literature summarizes the treatment of ethical considerations that have been made by information systems researchers. When examined in this fashion, one finds that information systems research over the years that incorporates an ethical perspective has transitioned from a focus on codes of ethics and general notions of behavior to more sophisticated models of piracy, privacy, and security. There has been a steady focus on theory development over the last ten years, as well as constant scrutiny on the obligations of information system researchers to both the subjects of studies and the consumers of the research results. The monograph begins with a brief introduction and review of major ethical theories. This is followed by the category summaries, which are listed in alphabetical order to enable a reader to jump to a specific topic. The last sections address future research opportunities and the conclusions drawn.

 
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