Journal of International Information Management


The focus of the current research is to identify factors which can be used in constructing a theoretical framework to guide research and practice; those factors explored are categories of computer abuses, organizational factors, the application of professional and organizational codes, and the frequency of ethical decisions faced by practicing managers. A mailed survey of over5000 Data Processing Management Association members revealed patterns of differences in the frequency with which various types of computer abuse (hardware, data, services, and programs) are observed by industry as well as by position within the organization. Knowledge of computer ethics codes were reported by about one-half of the respondents, and the use of professional codes of computer ethics was indicated by a majority of the respondents. The results of the research are discussed in terms of theoretical and managerial implications.