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Off-the-job Behavior

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Imagine you are recruiting new members for a student club. The club members foster puppies and train these puppies to help them become successful service dogs. You are looking for applicants who are friendly and experienced with dogs. While you are going through the applications, you find that another club member had put together a database of the information of what the applicants posted on their social media. You notice that some of the applicants have pictures of themselves with dogs or pictures of themselves volunteering at local charity events, while others do not. You wonder if the applicants with pictures of dogs or volunteer activities would be a better fit for your club compared to the other applicants. Would you use the information you learned from the applicants’ social media pages when determining who should join the club? Do you think using the information from the social media page is ethical?


Minjeong (MJ) Kim & Fei Du

Fei Du, PhD
Assistant Professor of Accountancy
Gies College of Business
R.C. Evans Data Analytics Fellow
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Minjeong (MJ) Kim
PhD Student in Accountancy
Gies College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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