Health, safety and wellbeing through ethical behaviours in computer and information systems development and deployment

Rahanu, Harjinder, Georgiadou, Elli, Siakas, Kerstin V. and Ross, Margaret (2019) Health, safety and wellbeing through ethical behaviours in computer and information systems development and deployment. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process . ISSN 2047-7481 (Published online first) (doi:10.1002/smr.2225)

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Abstract

Literature on systems development has been progressively identifying the importance of social aspects in systems development. However, there is often a failure of participants in the recognition, and fulfilment, of ethical duties concerning the concepts of health, safety and wellbeing. A rational appeal can be made to normative defensible ethical rules in order to arrive at a judicious, morally justifiable judgement. In this paper our first step is to report on the findings of a literature review, which presents the current health and safety issues concerning usage of computers in organisations and the workplace. Building on our earlier research basic generic Deontological and Teleological moral principles and theories we prescribe a set of moral rights and duties that must be exercised and fulfilled by stakeholders in systems development in order for them to exhibit moral behaviour. By identifying, and recommending a set of defensible moral obligations that must be fulfilled in the development and deployment of systems, protagonists such as: project managers, software engineering teams, systems analysts, and clients, can fulfil their ethical duties, thus increasing the likelihood a deployed systems that are compliant with principles of health, safety and wellbeing of its users.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article number: e2225
Keywords (uncontrolled): health and safety, normative ethics, software process improvement, software systems development
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 27388
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Rahanu, H, Georgiadou, E, Siakas, K, Ross, M. Health, safety, and well‐being through ethical behaviours in computer and information systems development and deployment. J Softw Evol Proc. 2019; e2225, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/smr.2225. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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Depositing User: Harjinder Rahanu
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2019 17:00
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27388

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