Mitigating response distortion in IS ethics research
Response distortion attributable to a variety of human motivations has long been a recognized
problem for behavioral research relying on self reports by individuals. Researchers studying unethical
IS behaviors usually need to solicit self reports because of the secrecy of such behaviors.
Unfortunately, the unethical nature of those behaviors often subject self reports to various response
distortions such as socially desirable responding. This paper discusses the method of psychometric
adjustment for response distortion and empirically examines response distortion due to socially
desirable responding in a software piracy research. The boundary conditions of psychometric
adjustment are then discussed in depth and the use of randomized response technique, an alternative
to mitigate response distortion, in IS ethics research is highlighted.
Kwan, S and Tam, K, "Mitigating response distortion in IS ethics research" (2009). ECIS 2009 Proceedings. 347.