Information Systems Students’ Attitude Toward Ethical Behavior: A Comparative Analysis

Prof. Badie Farah
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It is apparent from the academic as well as the business literature that the Information Systems (IS) community is becoming more concerned with the ethical behavior of the IS professional. Ethical issues are always present in the development and operations of information systems. Because of this high visibility it seems beneficial to assess the attitude of information systems students toward ethical issues they might encounter in their professional lives. Several years ago a test instrument appeared in the Wall Street Journal. The instrument is to be used to assess ones attitude toward ethical issues, which are encountered daily in the business community, from accepting gifts to using employer’s equipments for personal needs. I have administered this instrument in my classes, for several years now, for the purpose of comparing students’ ethical behavior to that of the general public who reads the Wall Street Journal. This paper describes the findings of the accumulated data.

Keywords: Ethics, Information Systems, Information Technology, Code of Ethics
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Information Systems Students’ Attitude Toward Ethical Behavior

Prof. Badie Farah

Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems
College of Business, Eastern Michigan University


Badie Farah is Professor of Computer Information Systems at the College of Business, Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining Eastern Michigan University he was a member of the faculty at Oakland University and a senior staff analyst at The General Motors Corporation. Dr. Farah received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University 1977. His research on Data Communications, Information Systems Development, E-Commerce, and Computer assisted Manufacturing has been published in the Journals of Computer Information Systems, Education for Information, Information and Management, Intelligent and Robotic Systems, and Education for Business. Dr. Farah authored two text books and coauthored a third. His books were published by Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster, and Ginn Press. He also authored chapters in several books. As a consultant to private and public organizations and Businesses he has focused on Analysis, Development, Implementation, and performance of Information Systems solution to a variety of problems. His clients have included Columbia Gas Services, the Ohio State University, and the American Broadcasting Corporation. He teaches classes in Information Systems Project Management, Information Systems Development, Data Communications, Systems Analysis and Design, and Management of Information Technology. He believes that ethics has a major role to play in the training of information systems specialists. Dr. Farah is a member of Beta gamma Sigma, Alpha Pi Mu, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Education, and Who’s Who in Science and Technology.

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