This book discusses the question of how information systems can be used and managed in a responsible manner. Normative problems such as intellectual property, privacy, power distribution, etc., are at the heart of many of the problems faced by users and managers of information systems. Responsible Management of Information Systems offers a novel approach to addressing these problems. This book takes these problems seriously but avoids the pitfall of ethical simplicity as expressed by some of the current approaches to computer or information ethics.
The main theme of Responsible Management of Information Systems is that of responsibility. The book describes the common sense notion of responsibility as well as its weaknesses. From the general description of responsibility the book progresses to a theoretically well-founded and practically applicable theory of reflective responsibility.
About the Author
Bernd Carsten Stahl, is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering and as a Research Associate at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility of De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His area of research consists of philosophical, more specifically of normative, questions arising from the use of information and communication technology. The emphasis in this area is on the notion of responsibility. He researches the application of such normative questions in economic organisations, but also educational and governmental institutions. His second area of interest consists of epistemological questions in Information Systems research. He is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Information Systems Education and the Journal of International Technology and Information Management. Furthermore he continues to serve on conference committees, such as the Information Resource Management Association Conference or the European Conference on E-Government. He also serves as a reviewer for several other international journals and conferences.