Why Responsibility and Information Systems?

Why Responsibility and Information Systems?

Bernd Carsten Stahl (De Montford University, UK)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-172-8.ch003
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Abstract

In this chapter we want to show why it makes sense to use the concept of responsibility with respect to the business use of information technology. There are three parts to the argument. At first, we will demonstrate that the development of the moral idea of responsibility is closely linked to modern developments in our societies. Many of these developments have to do with technology and information technology being the latest step in this direction. We will then continue to show that there are several structural similarities between responsibility and business on the one hand and information technology on the other hand. In a last step we will show that this theoretical setting is fruitful because it can rely on a rich background of ethical theories from different fields and perspectives. Before we can do so, however, the next step will have to be a first analysis of the term “responsibility.”

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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Bernd Carsten Stahl
This first content chapter of the book is meant to clarify the notions involved in the responsible management of information systems. The focus of... Sample PDF
Information Systems and Business Information Technology
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Chapter 2
Ethics and Morality  (pages 9-25)
Bernd Carsten Stahl
Academic texts have to conform to certain standards, and one of these is to define the concepts they use. Texts dealing with ethics or morality... Sample PDF
Ethics and Morality
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Chapter 3
Bernd Carsten Stahl
In this chapter we want to show why it makes sense to use the concept of responsibility with respect to the business use of information technology.... Sample PDF
Why Responsibility and Information Systems?
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Chapter 4
Bernd Carsten Stahl
In the broadest possible sense, responsibility is “but a set of practices that we use to describe and understand individual and social behaviour”... Sample PDF
The Theory of Responsibility and Information Systems
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Chapter 5
Reflective Responsibility  (pages 117-151)
Bernd Carsten Stahl
What is “reflective responsibility”? The idea behind it is to see whether the concept as discussed so far is applicable to itself and what... Sample PDF
Reflective Responsibility
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Chapter 6
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Before we start analysing the details of how reflective responsibility impacts on the use of information technology, we should briefly recapitulate... Sample PDF
Reflective Responsibility and the Management of Information Systems
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