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Academic perceptions: Ethics in the Information Systems discipline

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This study obtained data about faculty attitudes on the ethical propriety of and estimated involvement with 38 activities. A questionnaire, mailed to 480 randomly selected Information Systems (IS) academicians provided insights into the ethical standards held by IS faculty. Several attitudinal differences, based upon individual and institutional demographic characteristics were identified. The most discriminating individual characteristic explaining differences in faculty attitudes was appointment level. The IS major at the graduate level explained more differences in attitude and more critical attitudes than any other factor.

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Patsy Lewellyn holds the John M. Olin Chair of Enterprise at the University of South Carolina — Aiken. She is an Associate Professor of accounting and information systems. Her research interests include behavioral and ethical aspects of business practice, and innovative business education.

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Lewellyn, P.A.G. Academic perceptions: Ethics in the Information Systems discipline. J Bus Ethics 15, 559–569 (1996).

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