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A Study of professional ethical behaviour of Sri Lankan software engineers

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dc.contributor.author Wijayasiri, PAIA
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-21T07:08:15Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-21T07:08:15Z
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/handle/123/1818
dc.description.abstract Information systems have become an integral part of our lives supporting us in numerous ways, be it banking, accounting, medicine, education or any other discipline that could be complemented by the use of proper information systems. Among the group of personnel engaged in the management of information systems, software engineers in particular playa vital role as individuals who are directly involved in the creation of these systems. Consequently, software engineers could be considered as having a major accountability for the positive or negative impact of a system on its end users. Many cases have been observed in the past, of attempts at system implementations that have failed due to various reasons. Some failures have been directly attributed to flawed software engineering processes. Realizing the pivotal social role played by software engineers, the professional ethical behaviour of software engineers has become a widely discussed topic, internationally. The previous researches on professional ethical behaviour have focused on disciplines such as Accounting, Medicine, Information Technology and Sales. In these studies, age, gender, education, experience, culture and personal attributes have been considered important as factors affecting professional ethical behaviour. Interestingly, while some researchers have observed a relationship between these factors and professional ethical behaviour, others have concluded that there is no relationship between them with regard to certain factors. The present study analyses the impact of a selected set of factors on the professional ethical behaviuor of Sri Lankan software engineers. In addition, the level of awareness of Sri Lankan software engineers of international codes of conduct and the codes of conduct of th~ir respective organizations is also analysed. The analysis of the data collected through a questionnaire revealed that the organizational culture seemed to have a positive correlation with the professional ethical behaviour of the Sri Lankan software engineers while, age, gender, work experience, being a member of a professional body, having followed a course on professional ethics and the level of education had no impact on it. The awareness of the Sri Lankan software engineers of the international codes of ethics and the codes of ethics of their organizations was found to be at a low level. The results of this research are presented and discussed analyzing their implications further. Accordingly, recommendations are made to the management services with a view to helping them promote and encourage professional ethical behaviour of software engineers in Sri Lanka.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Dissertation ; INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Dissertation ; COMPUTER INDUSTRY - Professions ; SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Professions ; PROFESSIONAL ETHICS ; ETHICS ; MANAGEMENT
dc.title A Study of professional ethical behaviour of Sri Lankan software engineers
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.degree MBA en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Computer Science & Engineering en_US
dc.date.accept 2008
dc.identifier.accno 93360 en_US


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