Technology vs. Ethics: A Battleground in Business, On Campus

December 10, 2012

Does technology influence ethical decision-making?

Two Duquesne University business professors, Dr. Jeffrey A. Roberts, assistant professor of information systems management, and Dr. David Wasieleski, chair of the management department decided to find out.

In a study published in the Journal of Business Ethics and quoted in the New York Times, Roberts, who studies the unintended consequences of technology, and Wasieleski, an ethics expert, examined how access to common technology might impact corporate rule breaking. While technology is designed to improve workplace productivity, it can also be "a double-edged sword when it comes to workplace misconduct... (and) exposes companies to costly and undesirable consequences."

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