Volume 5, Number 17
May 28, 2007
Abstract: This paper describes a study that compared how people viewed ethics within the context of different situations. Using Pathfinder associative network analysis, the researchers compared associative networks of three groups of subjects. Pathfinder provides a graphical representation and statistical measure of how people relate ethics terms. The results confirm past scenario-based research that found people’s judgment of what is ethical or unethical is situation-dependent. In addition, the use of Pathfinder associative networks introduced statistical measures and graphical representation of people’s view of ethical concepts which have not been used in IT and ethics research.
Keywords: ethics, IT and ethics, associative network, Pathfinder, semantic network, mental model
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< class="style_left"p>Recommended Citation: Kreie, Alt, Cronan, and Leonard (2007). Issue-Contingent Ethical Views—A Comparison Using Pathfinder Associative Networks. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (17). http://isedj.org/5/17/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2005: §3143. ISSN: 1542-7382.)