Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society

Volume 15, 2004

Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting

Doug Jones, Steven Brenner
Pages 53-62

Ethical Decision Making: Software Piracy

The paper presents a model of ethical decision making applied to software piracy, and hypothesizes relationships among the ethical context, moral approbation, and issue-contingent factors in the decision. A study (not yet completed) is proposed to test the hypotheses, which, if supported, emphasize the important influence of work and non-work social environments in an individual’s decision to steal software.