Ethics in Information Systems and Design Science Research: Five Perspectives

Alexander Herwix, Amir Haj-Bolouri, Matti Rossi, Monica Chiarini Tremblay, Sandeep Purao, Shirley Gregor

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While ethics are recognized as an integral part of information systems (IS) research, many questions about the role of ethics in research practice remain unanswered. Our report responds to this emerging set of concerns with a broad and integrative account of five perspectives on ethics in IS research and design science research (DSR) in particular. Our report is informed by a broad literature review, a panel discussion at DESRIST 2020, and substantial personal experience from wrestling with ethical considerations in the field. The report provides a comprehensive discussion of prevailing perspectives on ethics and the implications for IS research. Together, we hope the report will inspire more ethics-conscious and responsible IS research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number34
Pages (from-to)589-616
Number of pages28
JournalCommunications of the association for information systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Design Science Research
  • Ethics
  • Information Systems Field
  • Panel Report


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