Organizational life presents many situations where organizational members must determine how to manage information they possess; dilemmas related to truth and deception are not unusual events. Researchers have found that deceptive communication is part of many types of interaction, yet few researchers have explicitly addressed the issue of lying in the context of organizational life (c.f., Burgoon & Buller, 1994). Meanwhile, information technology (IT) has become pervasive in modern organizations. As the convergence between computing and communication continues at a rapid pace, more and more organizational communication takes place electronically. There is every reason to believe the deception that exists in everyday work life can be communicated just as easily, if not more so, using new computer-mediated communication channels as using traditional channels such as face-to-face communication (George & Carlson, 1999).
George, Joey and Carlson, John, "Electronic Lies: Lying to Others and Detecting Lies Using Electronic Media" (1999). AMCIS 1999 Proceedings. 212.