An ethical framework in information systems decision making using normative theories of business ethics

Ethics and Information Technology 14 (1):17-26 (2012)

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As business environments become more complex and reliant on information systems, the decisions made by managers affect a growing number of stakeholders. This paper proposes a framework based on the application of normative theories in business ethics to facilitate the evaluation of IS related ethical dilemmas and arrive at fair and consistent decisions. The framework is applied in the context of an information privacy dilemma to demonstrate the decision making process. The ethical dilemma is analyzed using each one of the three normative theories—the stockholder theory, stakeholder theory, and social contract theory. The challenges associated with the application of these theories are also discussed
Keywords Ethical decision making  Normative theories of business ethics  Information systems  Information privacy
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-011-9283-5
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