Volume 5, Number 32
December 5, 2007
Abstract: A 30-item, three section IS ethics questionnaire was completed by a convenience sample of 520 bank employees, 129 in the western USA, 176 in the Sultanate of Oman, and 215 in the Republic of South Korea. Section 1 concerned employee use of employer IS resources for personal entertainment, section 2 concerned employee use of employer IS resources for personal gain or the gain of family or friends, and section 3 concerned employer monitoring of employee use of employer IS resources. ANOVA yielded statistically significant differences among the samples on 28 items in all three sections; 14 of these represented differing degrees of commitment but overall agreement on the ethicality of the behavior described; 12 represented actual disagreement as to whether a behavior was ethical or not. Of the 12 actual disagreements, 6 were in section 1 and concerned after-hours use of IS resources, 2 were in section 2 and concerned printing and storing personal documents, and 4 were in section 3 and concerned giving prior notice to employees when monitoring them. In sections 1 and 2, all three samples gave relatively conservative responses, favoring employer rights of ownership over employee rights of possession and use. In section 3, only the US sample answered conservatively; this section generated differences of the greatest magnitude among the three samples. The US sample was the most conservative on 25 items, the Omani sample was most conservative on 4 items; the South Korean sample was most conservative on only 1 item.
Keywords: information systems, ethics, international, Oman, South Korea, banking
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Recommended Citation: Hilton, Oh, and Al-Lawati (2007). Information Systems Ethics in Oman, South Korea, and the USA. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (32). http://isedj.org/5/32/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2004: §3253. ISSN: 1542-7382.)