Does ethical ideology affect software piracy attitude and behaviour? An empirical investigation of computer users in China

Ricky Y K Chan, Wing Man Lai

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659–673
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ethical ideology
  • software piracy
  • computer users’ ethics
  • China

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