Firm Information Transparency: Ethical Questions in the Information Age

  • Antonino Vaccaro
  • Peter Madsen
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 223)


The wide diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) over the last few decades has modified the way in which individuals and institutions interact and conduct social and business activities. We analyze the importance of a firm’s information transparency, defined as the degree of completeness of information, regarding their own business activities, provided by each company to the market, and the related role of ICT. First, we present a brief historical perspective of information transparency of business organizations. Then, we analyze the actual role and possibilities offered by ICT to contemporary firms and to society. We develop a model that integrates the ethical and economical/financial forces affecting information transparency applying it to the case study of a famous multinational company. Finally, useful insights for scholars and practitioners are presented.


Information Ethics Information Transparency ICT and Social Change Business Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonino Vaccaro
    • 1
  • Peter Madsen
    • 2
  1. 1.IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy ResearchIST Lisbonand Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
  2. 2.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Center for the Advancement of Applied EthicsCamegie Mellon UniversityUSA

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