Kini, Ramakrishna and Vijayaraman (2003)
|Kini, Ramakrishna and Vijayaraman (2003)|
|Title:||An exploratory study of moral intensity regarding software piracy of students in Thailand|
|Author(s):||Kini, R. B., Ramakrishna, H., Vijayaraman, B.|
|Citation:||Kini, R. B., Ramakrishna, H. V., & Vijayaraman, B. S. (2003). An exploratory study of moral intensity regarding software piracy of students in Thailand. Behaviour & Information Technology, 22(1), 63-70.|
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|Linked by:||Acilar and Aydemir (2010), Konstantakis, Palaigeorgiou, Siozos and Tsoukalas (2010), Limayem, Khalifa and Chin (2004)|
|About the Data|
|Data Description:||Dataset consists of 669 students of a private Thai University, who competed questionnaires which were based on the moral development work done by Kohlberg (1969) and Rest (1986). The students were asked to rate the question items on a Likert type scale of 1 to 5, 1 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree.|
|Data Type:||Primary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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In the business environment that is becoming increasingly global and digital, the need for proper safeguards for protecting digital assets is increasingly becoming critical. Specifically, software piracy is becoming economically devastating to companies that develop and market software. Some researchers have argued that the level of moral intensity regarding software piracy of individuals may be related to the extent of actual software piracy behaviour. In order to empirically study this relationship, it is important to understand the concept of moral intensity towards software piracy. In this research, we study the concept in an international setting, a university in Thailand. We report the relationship between moral intensity and some important demographic variables and also explore the relationship between moral intensity of individuals and the perceived moral intensity of their community, the students, employees, and faculty. The results have implications for developing and implementing appropriate policies to reduce software piracy.
Main Results of the Study
This article examines the relationships between moral intensity and some important demographic variables and the impact of the perception of individuals regarding moral intensity of their immediate community on their own moral intensity. More specifically, it shows that:
- Male students, on average, appear to have a significantly higher moral intensity score than female students.
- Graduate students tend to have a significantly higher moral intensity score, on average, as compared with undergraduate students.
- Students with advanced experience with computers appear to have, on average, a higher level of moral intensity.
- The perceived level of moral intensity of faculty does not seem to be related to the level of moral intensity of individual students.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
In order for policy to increase the levels of moral intensity, it should target:
- The age groups that are under 30 years of age.
- The female population more than the male population.
- Undergraduate student.
- People who are not advanced users of computers.
It should also increase the perceived level of moral intensity of other students and university employees.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||Individual|
|Period of material under study:||Not stated|