Electronic Surveillance at Work: An Ethical Analysis

Jonathan West, James S. Bowman

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This study examines electronic surveillance in the workplace, by asking, “Are such practices ethical?” To address this question, classical philosophical and modern psychological approaches to ethics are used. The inquiry begins with the importance of the problem, followed by its evolution and current status. After describing the method of analysis, the article analyzes arguments for and against surveillance. Although there are no easy answers, the “Discussion” section provides a synthesis of the findings and recommendations for best practice. The conclusion summarizes the study, notes its limitations, and offers ideas for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-651
Number of pages24
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • electronic surveillance
  • ethics
  • workplace monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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