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November/December 2008 (vol. 10 no. 6)
pp. 15-17
Keith W. Miller, University of Illinois at Springfield
This article introduces four articles on the general theme of IT professionalism that make up this special issue. The authors also critique the assertion by J. Steib that "the primary goal of professionalism is competent creation." The authors conclude that although competent creation is an important part of IT professionalism, it isn't primary. Instead, the public good is to be primary for IT professionals.

1. J. Steib, "A Critique of Positive Responsibility in Computing," Science and Eng. Ethics, vol. 14, no. 2, 2008, pp. 219–233.
2. R.L. Pinkus, L.J. Shuman, and H. Wolfe, "Cicero's Creed," Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, C. Mitcham et al., eds., Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.
3. M. Davis, "Thinking Like an Engineer," Illinois Inst. Technology, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, 2008; http://ethics.iit.edu/publicationmd_te.html .

Index Terms:
IT professionalism, competent creation, codes of ethics, public good, IT professional
Citation:
Keith W. Miller, Jeffrey Voas, "IT as a Profession: Is Competent Creation the Primary Goal?," IT Professional, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 15-17, Nov.-Dec. 2008, doi:10.1109/MITP.2008.125
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