Journal of International Information Management


When faced with an ambiguous ethical situation related to information technology (IT), the individual's course of action is influenced by personal experiences, consideration of what co-workers would do in the same situation, and an expectation of what the company would sanction. In this article, the approval/disapproval ratings of over three-hundred Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) members concerning the actions taken in a series of IT ethical scenarios are evaluated. Respondents expressed their personal opinion, as well as their perception of their co-workers' opinion, and their understanding of the company s opinion of the actions relating to IT described in the scenarios. Differences in responses by sex, education, age, years in the profession, years with current employer, job of respondent, and type of industry of respondent are explored.