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Information Systems Ethics in the USA and in the Arab World

Information Systems Ethics in the USA and in the Arab World
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Author(s): Husain Al-Lawatia (Utah State University, USA) and Thomas Hilton (Utah State University, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 14
Source title: Current Security Management & Ethical Issues of Information Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rasool Azari (University of Redlands, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93177-743-8.ch012


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This chapter explores similarities and differences between two cultures, the USA and the Arab World, in BIS ethics, through a survey of American and Arab students on personal use of organizational computers, use of organizational IS resources for non-organization gain, and monitoring of organizational IS resource use. While interesting statistical differences were found in the average strength of several responses, there was no disagreement as to the ethicality or non-ethicality of any survey item. The authors view this consistency as encouraging evidence of a common foundation for IS-related commerce between the two cultures. The findings of this study can be a basis for future cooperation, as legislators, educators, and employers in the Arab World and the USA develop acceptable BIS practices.

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