Gaining recognition of the IS field as a profession offers a number of potential benefits to individual IS practitioners, the IS profession, and the public. We suggest that any concerted effort to increase IS professionalism should begin by ensuring that students preparing for IS careers are: 1) educated about IS professional organizations, 2) aware of the ethical questions that face IS professionals, 3) informed about IS professional organizations’ codes of ethics and professional behavior, and 4) accept the appropriateness of the code requirements. This research-in-progress addresses how IS undergraduate programs are achieving these objectives. The concept of professionalism is discussed in this paper, followed by a description of two key IS professional organizations in North America (ACM and CIPS) and their respective codes of ethics. Finally, research questions are presented and the planned research project is described.
Kimery, Kathryn M. and Sivakumar, Shyamala, "Professional Organizations and Codes of Ethics: Awareness and Attitudes Among Undergraduate IS Students" (2004). SAIS 2004 Proceedings. 21.