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Assessing Sunk Cost Effect on Employees'€™ Intentions to Violate Information Security Policies in Organizations
Department of Informatic, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Boston College, Boston , USA.
Sauder school of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sauder school of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It has been widely known that employees pose insider threats to the information and technology resources of an organization. In this paper, we develop a model to explain insiders' intentional violation of the requirements of an information security policy. We propose sunk cost as a mediating factor. We test our research model on data collected from three information-intensive organizations in banking and pharmaceutical industries (n=502). Our results show that sunk cost acts as a mediator between the proposed antecedents of sunk cost (i.e., completion effect and goal in congruency) and intentions to violate the ISP. We discuss the implications of our results for developing theory and for re-designing current security agendas that could help improve compliance behavior in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society, 2014. p. 3169-3177
Series
Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, ISSN 1060-3425
Keywords [en]
completion effect, goal incongruency, information security violation, insider threats, sunk cost
National Category
Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39234DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.393ISI: 000343806603035Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84902267599ISBN: 978-1-4799-2504-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39234DiVA, id: diva2:767689
Conference
Proceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 6-9 jan 2014
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University of Hawaii

Shidler College of Business

IEEE Computer  Society

Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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