The paradoxical effects of legal intervention over unethical information technology use: A rational choice theory perspective

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Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 2017, 26 (1), pp. 58 - 76
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© 2016 Elsevier B.V. While the IS literature offers rich insights into the kinds, causes and consequences of unethical information technology use (UITU), we know little about the degree to which legal intervention may mitigate UITU. Our research aims at understanding how legal intervention could mitigate UITU by influencing the cost-benefit analysis in determining the decision to commit such unethical use of IT. Our contributions are twofold. First, we provide testable propositions on the role of legal intervention. Second, we offer an innovative take on intervention – conceived as a multi-mechanism process that adapts to UITU as well as to the way IT users negotiate the IT artifact.
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