Abstract: This study examined undergraduate information technology (IT) students' (N=122) level of ethical reasoning and decision making at a Midwestern university. The purpose was to determine whether IT students' level of ethical reasoning provided information about the degree of their ethical decision making. The Defining Issues Test-2 (DIT-2) was used as well as an Ethics in IT survey instrument containing 21 vignettes related to the field of information technology. The findings did reveal a correlation between ethical reasoning scores (as measured by the DIT-2) and the level of ethical decision making related to an IT setting (as measured by the Ethics in IT survey).
Keywords: Ethical reasoning, Ethical decision making, Moral judgment, Ethics in information technology
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Recommended Citation: Woodward, B., Davis, D. C., & Hodis, F. A. (2007). The Relationship Between Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Reasoning in Information Technology Students. Journal of Information Systems Education, 18(2), 193-202.