Ethical Dilemmas in HR Analytics: Perspectives from the Global Workforce

Guenole, Nigel; Feinzig, Sheri and Green, David. 2018. Ethical Dilemmas in HR Analytics: Perspectives from the Global Workforce. Discussion Paper. IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY. [Report]

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Over 20,000 workers in 44 countries were surveyed for their ethical perspective on data use in HR analytics. This paper presents the results and practical implications for HR analytics projects. The countries surveyed have been classified according to one of four ethical ideologies: Absolutism, Situationalism, Subjectivism, and Exceptionalism. Most countries are classified as predominantly Absolutist. The next biggest categories are Situationalist followed by Exceptionalist. No countries were classified as Subjectivist. We conclude by discussing the implications of these ethical perspectives, including the need for clear, transparent policies about data use, and what to do when multinational organizations have offices in countries with different ideologies with regard to data use.

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January 2018

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