An ethical perspective on information systems evaluation

J. Ballantine (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
M. Levy (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
A. Martin (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
I. Munro (University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
P. Powell (University of Bath, Bath, UK)

International Journal of Agile Management Systems

ISSN: 1465-4652

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

The evaluation of information systems (IS) is a major concern of business, and a variety of approaches have been developed to tackle the issue. These approaches vary in their use and usefulness, yet few consider or incorporate ethical aspects of the process and the outcomes. A framework for assessing the ethics of information systems evaluation approaches is developed and investigated. It is argued that ethical issues are an important and unavoidable feature of IS evaluation, despite their lack of consideration. A framework is developed that demonstrates that ethical considerations are implicit in the concept of evaluation in terms of its purposes, its processes and its involvement of people. Concludes by considering how evaluation approaches might be extended to include a more substantial ethical content.

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Ballantine, J., Levy, M., Martin, A., Munro, I. and Powell, P. (2000), "An ethical perspective on information systems evaluation", International Journal of Agile Management Systems, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 233-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/14654650010356149

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