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ERIC Number: EJ839111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1055-3096
Moral Problems Perceived by Industry in Collaboration with a Student Group: Balancing between Beneficial Objectives and Upholding Relations
Vartiainen, Tero
Journal of Information Systems Education, v20 n1 p51-66 Spr 2009
Industry-university partnerships are common in the IT field. This paper reports on moral problems perceived by client representatives collaborating with student groups taking part in a project course in information systems education in a Finnish university. Twenty-two client representatives from IT organizations were interviewed during the course of one project, phenomenography was used in the analysis, and a collective description was determined. The moral problems in collaboration relate to business-directed (gaining benefit) and relations-directed (upholding relations and taking care) intentions, and also relate to interpersonal issues, the project task, and external parties. The results also indicate that the relationship between the clients and the students resembles the dirty-hands dilemma of the corporation, and that client representatives experience role confusions. Forming a reflective community between collaborators is recommended to handle the moral problems. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE). c/o Al Harris, JISE Editor, Department of Computer Information Systems, Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608. Tel: 828-262-6180; Fax: 828-262-6190; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland