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Title: Does ethical ideology affect software piracy attitude and behaviour? An empirical investigation of computer users in China
Authors: Chan, RYK 
Lai, JWM
Keywords: Ethical ideology
Software piracy
Computer users' ethics
China
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Source: European journal of Information systems, 2011, v. 20, no. 6, p. 659-673 How to cite?
Journal: European journal of information systems 
Abstract: This study empirically examines Chinese computer users' ethical ideology and its relationship to their software piracy attitude and behaviour. The investigation reveals several important findings. First, cluster analysis results show that Chinese computer users can be divided into four ethical ideology types (i.e., situationists, absolutists, subjectivists, and exceptionists) reasonably consistent with Forsyth's taxonomy. Second, when compared with situationists, absolutists, and exceptionists, subjectivists are found to have the least unfavourable attitude towards software piracy and are most frequently engaged in software piracy. Third, Chinese computer users' ideological relativism exerts a stronger influence on their software piracy attitude and behaviour than does their ideological idealism. The findings suggest that the government, and authentic software developers and vendors should focus on subjectivists as their target audience of anti-software piracy communications. These policy makers and practitioners should also make concerted efforts to help subjectivists better realise how their software piracy act may damage parties 'proximate' to themselves so as to lower the rate of software piracy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32468
ISSN: 0960-085X
EISSN: 1476-9344
DOI: 10.1057/ejis.2011.31
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