Software Piracy in the Workplace: A Model and Empirical Test

Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 153–177, 2003

25 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2011

See all articles by A. Graham Peace

A. Graham Peace

West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics

Dennis Galletta

University of Pittsburgh and Director, Katz Doctoral Program

James Y.L. Thong

HKUST Business School

Date Written: December 26, 2011

Abstract

Theft of software and other intellectual property has become one of the most visible problems in computing today. This paper details the development and empirical validation of a model of software piracy by individuals in the workplace. The model was developed from the results of prior research into software piracy, and the reference disciplines of the theory of planned behavior, expected utility theory, and deterrence theory. A survey of 201 respondents was used to test the model. The results indicate that individual attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control are significant precursors to the intention to illegally copy software. In addition, punishment severity, punishment certainty, and software cost have direct effects on the individual’s attitude toward software piracy, whereas punishment certainty has a significant effect on perceived behavioral control. Consequently, strategies to reduce software piracy should focus on these factors. The results add to a growing stream of information systems research into illegal software copying behavior and have significant implications for organizations and industry groups aiming to reduce software piracy.

Keywords: software piracy, computer ethics, deterrence theory, expected utility theory, theory of planned behavior

Suggested Citation

Peace, Alan Graham and Galletta, Dennis and Thong, James Y.L., Software Piracy in the Workplace: A Model and Empirical Test (December 26, 2011). Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 153–177, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1976963

Alan Graham Peace

West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics ( email )

Management Information Systems
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States
304-293-7940 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.be.wvu.edu/alumni/faculty/gpeace.htm

Dennis Galletta

University of Pittsburgh and Director, Katz Doctoral Program ( email )

135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

James Y.L. Thong (Contact Author)

HKUST Business School ( email )

Clear Water Bay
Kowloon
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://jthong.people.ust.hk/

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