David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 56 (2):149 - 161 (2005)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of interpersonal influence on personal software piracy, also known as softlifting. A laboratory experiment with 54 subjects was conducted, in which each subject was told to participate in a software quality evaluation exercise. However, a ploy was carried out to measure the subjects intention in software piracy under different levels of group pressure and financial gains. The results are interesting. On the intention of softlifting, both group pressure and financial gains are significant determinants. The interaction of group pressure and financial gains is also significant: when group pressure is toward pirating software, financial gains is not a relevant factor; whereas when group pressure is toward purchasing, financial gains becomes a dominant factor in softlifting intention. A further survey (with 216 college students from two public universities in Taiwan) designed to investigate the relationship between consumer susceptibility to interpersonal influence (Bearden et al., 1989) and softlifting intention/behavior. A path analysis demonstrated that normative influence was related to softlifting intention, yet information influence effect was marginal. The effect of normative influence on softlifting behavior was mainly mediated by softlifting intention. Implications are also discussed.
|Keywords||conformity financial gains group pressure information ethics softlifting software piracy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Ian Phau & James Ng (2010). Predictors of Usage Intentions of Pirated Software. Journal of Business Ethics 94 (1):23 - 37.
Mateja Kos Koklic, Monika Kukar-Kinney & Irena Vida (forthcoming). Three-Level Mechanism of Consumer Digital Piracy: Development and Cross-Cultural Validation. Journal of Business Ethics.
Similar books and articles
Chechen Liao, Hong-Nan Lin & Yu-Ping Liu (2010). Predicting the Use of Pirated Software: A Contingency Model Integrating Perceived Risk with the Theory of Planned Behavior. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 91 (2):237 - 252.
Tim Goles, Bandula Jayatilaka, Beena George, Linda Parsons, Valrie Chambers, David Taylor & Rebecca Brune (2008). Softlifting: Exploring Determinants of Attitude. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 77 (4):481 - 499.
Bandula Jayatilaka Tim Goles, Linda Parsons Beena George, David Taylor Valrie Chambers & Rebecca Brune (2008). Softlifting: Exploring Determinants of Attitude. Journal of Business Ethics 77 (4).
Timothy Paul Cronan & Sulaiman Al-Rafee (2008). Factors That Influence the Intention to Pirate Software and Media. Journal of Business Ethics 78 (4):527 - 545.
Mei-Fang Chen, Ching-Ti Pan & Ming-Chuan Pan (2009). The Joint Moderating Impact of Moral Intensity and Moral Judgment on Consumer's Use Intention of Pirated Software. Journal of Business Ethics 90 (3):361 - 373.
Chia-chen Wang, Chin-ta Chen, Shu-chen Yang & Cheng-kiang Farn (2009). Pirate or Buy? The Moderating Effect of Idolatry. Journal of Business Ethics 90 (1):81 - 93.
Man Kit Chang (1998). Predicting Unethical Behavior: A Comparison of the Theory of Reasoned Action and the Theory of Planned Behavior. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 17 (16):1825-1834.
Jyh-Shen Chiou, Hsiao-I. Cheng & Chien-Yi Huang (2011). The Effects of Artist Adoration and Perceived Risk of Getting Caught on Attitude and Intention to Pirate Music in the United States and Taiwan. Ethics and Behavior 21 (3):182 - 196.
Thomas Li-Ping Tang & Hsi Liu (2012). Love of Money and Unethical Behavior Intention: Does an Authentic Supervisor's Personal Integrity and Character (ASPIRE) Make a Difference? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 107 (3):295-312.
Penny M. Simpson, Debasish Banerjee & Claude L. Simpson (1994). Softlifting: A Model of Motivating Factors. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 13 (6):431 - 438.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads19 ( #135,870 of 1,700,300 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #69,042 of 1,700,300 )
How can I increase my downloads?