Business Ethics and Technology in Turkey: An Emerging Country at the Crossroad of Civilizations

Business Ethics and Technology in Turkey: An Emerging Country at the Crossroad of Civilizations

Gonca Telli Yamamoto (Okan University, Turkey) and Faruk Karaman (Okan University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-916-8.ch012
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Abstract

IT ethics cannot be analyzed without assessing business ethics in general and the cultural environment. This study is based on the Turkish case. Turkey lies at the crossroads of civilizations, making it hard to define a generally accepted set of ethical principles. Western, Islamic, and Turkish cultures are in competition with each of them, and a synthesis has not yet been achieved. Therefore, a common identity and common ethical standards cannot be acquired. In fact, such a synthesis could be categorized as a new civilization. This disagreement causes proliferation of unethical behaviors such as the illegal copying of software. The majority of highly educated technical people in Turkey approves of the illegal copying of software, if it is necessitated by the interests of the country. This shows that we have a long way to go to reach global ethical standards, and country-specific differences cannot be eliminated in the short term.

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