Social desirability bias in software piracy research: Evidence from pilot studies

Marton Gergely, V. Srinivasan Chino Rao

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Abstract

Social desirability bias (SDB) is the under-or over-reporting of behaviors by a respondent in order to appear more acceptable, or gain the approval of others. The presence of SDB in studies of software piracy behavior has been suspected for long. However, few studies have explicitly addressed this issue in detail. In the current article, results from a set of pilot studies are reported. These pilot studies compare software piracy behavior in experimental studies to responses of intentions to pirate in paper-based scenarios, under equivalent conditions. The comparisons provide valuable preliminary insights into the understanding of SDB in software piracy, and suggest the need to account for SDB research in software piracy studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 12th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509053438
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 16 2017
Event12th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2016 - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Nov 28 2016Nov 29 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2016 12th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAl Ain
Period11/28/1611/29/16

Keywords

  • Software piracy
  • information system ethics
  • social desirability bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Instrumentation

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