Green IS and Sustainability (SIGGreen) Track
Sustainability and climate change are global issues, with many cultural, organizational, technical, social, regulatory, economic, and individual dimensions. Just as computer-based information systems have been a driving force for societal progress, Green IS can be a driving force for strategic sustainable solutions in organizations and communities.
Green IS enables the transformative power of information systems to support the multiple dimensions of sustainability. It addresses the world’s greatest challenges including shrinking access to non-renewable resources, decreased energy and food security, and environmental degradation due to climate change. IS can play a pivotal role in enabling sustainable solutions, which greatly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of modern communities and enterprises. Consequently, IS research can contribute in such transformation towards a multidimensional perspective to sustainability.
This track is open to any type of research within scope of Green IS and Sustainability research as well as those that adapt research and industry experience into teaching cases and modules.
Managing Green IT/IS systems
Governance and strategy in Green IS and Sustainability
Green Business Process Management
Decision support for logistics and supply chain processes
IS-enabled collaborative processes for mobilization towards sustainability
IS-enabled multidisciplinary collaborations for sustainability
IS-enabled smart cities and sustainable communities
Designing and implementing systems for the Smart Grid
End user acceptance and adoption of smart grid technologies
Green HCI - Changing human attitudes and behaviors through information
Energy informatics - analyzing, designing, and implementing processes to increase the efficiency of energy demand and supply systems
Resource informatics - designing and implementing systems to manage metals, minerals, water, forests, etc.
Designing and implementing systems that measure and validate the impact of sustainable business practices and policies
Critical competencies and curricula for Green IS graduates and professionals
IS-enabled sustainability of educational campuses and institutions
IS to support carbon management, accounting and reporting
Sustainable development in transitional and developing countries
Global and cultural issues in Green IS and Sustainability
Information Systems for Sustainable Business Activities and Supply Chains
Mikael Lind and Richard Watson
Sustainability, Organizations, and Green Information Systems
Ganesh P. Sahu, Babita Gupta, and Abhijit Chaudhury
Information Systems for Sustainable Business Activities and Supply Chains
This mini-track focuses on the role of Information Systems in enabling the development and promotion of sustainability strategy and sustainable business practices that focus on all aspects of the triple bottom line: Profit, People, and Planet. More particularly, this mini-track is interested in research regarding the role of IS in enabling sustainable business strategy and practices that not only address sustainability within individual firms but also reach beyond firm boundary to examine the role of IS in enabling coordination among supply chain partners to develop more sustainable business practices across supply chains. Inter-disciplinary research is particularly welcome.
Call for Papers
Sustainability has increasingly become important to business research and practice over the past decades as a result of rapid depletion of natural resources and concerns over wealth disparity and corporate social responsibility. Sustainability research and practices have recognized that business performance should be evaluated based on its impacts on the environment and interested stakeholders besides profitability, known as the triple bottom line (TBL). Companies have increasingly recognized that business strategy that boldly embrace sustainability have resulted in companies’ being successful in delivering financial, environmental, and social values to themselves as well as related stakeholders (MIT Sloan Management Review report, 2011).
In order to develop capabilities to address TBL issues, businesses need to engage in wide ranging activities such as changing business culture, redesigning business processes, etc. (Hart & Milstein, 2003; Porter & Kramer, 2006). More importantly, research as well as management practice have illustrated that to be truly sustainable, companies should take a holistic approach that includes participation of multiple business functions, and should not only focus on their own business operations but also focus on improving sustainable business practices across the supply chain, (Kleindorfer, Singhal, & Van Wassenhove, 2005; Dao, Langella, & Carbo, 2011; Elliot, 2011).
Given the recognized role of IT resources in enabling business capabilities within and across supply chain partners (Rai, Patnayakuni, & Seth, 2006; Jain, Wadhwa, & Deshmukh, 2009), it is arguable that IT resources should be critical in enabling firms to develop capabilities to address sustainability issues both within firms and across their supply chain through coordination with supply chain partners (Melville, 2010; Dao et al., 2011, Maholtra, Melville, Watson, 2013). We invite research from different business areas, including MIS, management, supply chain and operation management, and particularly inter-disciplinary research that examines the role of IT resources in conjunction with other business resources in enabling firms to develop sustainability strategy that address all aspects of the triple bottom line, both within firms and across supply chain partners.
IS in enabling sustainable innovation
Intertwining of environmentally and socially sustainable practices
IS in enabling environmentally and socially sustainable operations
IS in enabling supply chain partners’ coordination for sustainability
Sustainability vision within and across firms
The role of IS in enabling the assessment of sustainability performance within firms and across supply chains
Dao, V., Langella, I., & Carbo, J. (2011) From green to sustainability: InformationTechnology and an Integrated Sustainability Framework. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 20(1), 63-79.
Elliot, S. (2011) Transdisciplinary perspectives on environmental sustainability: a resource base and framework for IT-enabled business transformation. MIS Quarterly, 35(1), 197-236.
Hart, S., & Milstein, M. B. (2003). Creating Sustainable Value. Academy of Management Executive, 17, 56-67.
Jain, V, Wadhwa, S, & Deshmukh, S. G. (2009). Revisiting information systems to support a dynamic supply chain: issues and prospective. Production Planning & Control, 20, 17-29.
Kleindorfer, P.R., Singhal, K., & Van Wassenhove, L.N. (2005). Sustainable Operations Management. Production and Operations Management, 14, 482-492.
Malhotra, Arvind; Melville, Nigel; and Watson, Richard T.. 2013. "Spurring Impactful Research on Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability," MIS Quarterly, (37: 4) pp.1265-1274.
Melville, N. (2010) Information Systems Innovation for Environmental Sustainability. MIS Quarterly, 34(1), 1-21.
MIT Sloan Management Review report (2011) Sustainability: The “Embracers” Seize Advantage. http://sloanreview.mit.edu/feature/sustainability-advantage/
Porter, M., & Kramer, M. (2006) Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility. Harvard Business Review, 84(12),78-92.
Rai, A., Patnayakuni, R., & Seth, N. (2006). Firm Performance Impacts of Digitally Enabled Supply Chain Integration Capabilities. MIS Quarterly, 30, 225-246.
Maritime Informatics studies the application of information systems to increasing the efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability of the world’s shipping industry. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), international shipping moves about 90 per cent of global trade and is the most efficient and cost-effective method for the international transportation of most goods. Hence, shipping is critical to future sustainable global economic growth. The industry can be characterized as many independent actors who engage in episodic tight coupling. It has, however, been a late starter to digitization, possibly because of the long history of autonomy and the lack of inexpensive high bandwidth communication when on the ocean. Indeed, some participants in the industry are still sharing information via fax. A lack of information sharing impedes collaboration and reduces efficiency and safety. As a result, there are many opportunities to apply IS theory and knowledge to a critical global industry.
Call for Papers
According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), international shipping moves about 90 per cent of global trade and is the most efficient and cost-effective method for the international transportation of most goods. Because of its efficiency, shipping is critical to future sustainable global economic growth. Thus, the advancement of sustainable shipping and maritime development is a major priority for IMO, which is the UN agency responsible for global shipping standards, safety, security, and environmental impact.
Shipping is an old industry, starting with river trading on the Euphrates at the beginning of agricultural development. A ship’s captain has considerable autonomy, and the industry can be characterized as many independent actors (e.g., ship captain, port authority, terminal operator, tug master, pilot, and shipping agent) who engage in episodic tight coupling (e.g., a pilot meeting a boat and guiding it into harbor) for mutual benefit.
The shipping industry has been a late starter to digitization, possibly because of the long history of high autonomy and the lack of inexpensive high bandwidth communication when on the ocean. Indeed, some participants in the industry are still sharing information via fax. The lack ofinformation sharing impedes collaboration and reduces efficiency, safety, and sustainable. As a result, a group of scholars associated with Viktoria Swedish ICT formulated a new IS topic, namely Maritime Informatics, which studies the application of information systems to increasing the efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability of the world’s shipping industry. In mid 2014, the first scholarly post in maritime informatics was established within the Center for Digital Innovation, a cooperative effort of the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. The position is partly funded by the Swedish Maritime Administration.
The track seeks submissions that address some of the following questions or others related to the general notion of Maritime Informatics as defined in this call.
How do you design an information sharing system for the shipping industry to enhance coordination and planning to increase efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability?
How do you design an information sharing system for an ecosystem constrained by a culture of limited cooperation?
What are appropriate standards for data sharing within the shipping ecosystems?
What is the role of real-time digital data streams in enhancing shipping efficiency?
How can information systems increase the efficiency of episodic tight coupling?
How does the shipping industry digitize its natural, human, and economic capital to improve efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability?
How can information systems contribute to effective sea traffic management?
What theory bases can inform Maritime Informatics?
What prior research can accelerate the development of Maritime Informatics?
How can the application of information systems in other domains inspire the adoption of digitalization in the maritime sector?
Sustainability, Organizations, and Green Information Systems
Information systems help connect and configure the disparate system of human activities into an integrated and interlocking whole. Society, and its organizations, endeavoring for environmental sustainability can employ information technologies to not just redesign and refocus their production networks but also to create new knowledge and to innovate. Green IS technology offers strategic solution to the problem of increasing costs of maintaining information systems by helping organizations better integrate business, operations, and assets priorities and aligning these with the organizational mission and goals. The mini-track will provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion on issues pertaining to organizations, green IS and their impact on environmental sustainability. The authors are encouraged to submit both theoretical and empirical work on sustainability, organizations, and green information systems.
Call for Papers
Information systems (IS) have to be an integral part of organizational and societal solutions that address the enormous environmental sustainability challenges facing the planet. The information and technology ecosystem now represents around 10 percent of the world’s electricity generation (The Register, 2013). Further, with a 19% increase in the amount of electricity consumed globally by data centers between 2011 and 2012, there are fears that the rising need for power would continue unabated (Datacenter Dynamics, 2014). Human activities have resulted in global green-house gas (GHG) emissions to increase by 70% between 1970 and 2004 (IPCC, 2007). Greenhouse gases in our atmosphere have increased to levels unprecedented in the past 800,000 years (IPCC 2014). Climate change also includes ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns (IPCC 2014; Hansen et al., 2011). Green IS scholars have written that the “quest for environmental sustainability needs an information strategy” (Watson et al., 2012). Information systems help connect and configure the disparate system of human activities into an integrated and interlocking whole. Society, and its organizations, endeavoring for environmental sustainability can employ information technologies to not just redesign and refocus their production networks but also to create new knowledge and to innovate.
Organizations are adopting green IS practices because of the derived economic benefits such as cost savings from reduced consumption of electricity and fuel, reduced hardware expenditures, reduced e-waste, and improved brand image. Green IS technology offers strategic solution to the problem of increasing costs of maintaining information systems by helping organizations better integrate business, operations, and assets priorities and aligning these with the organizational mission and goals.
The mini-track will provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion on issues pertaining to organizations, green IS and their impact on environmental sustainability. The authors are encouraged to submit both theoretical and empirical work on sustainability, organizations, and green information systems.
Green IS diffusion and assimilation
Organizational adoption of sustainable business practices
Green business process management
Monitoring and recording the environmental impact of business processes
Operational efficiency and Green IS
Improving efficiency of business processes to lower GHG emissions
Regulations, institutions including governments, and Green IS
Information systems that promote sustainable business practices
Information systems for raising environmental awareness
Tracking and monitoring of environmental information
Technologies for greening organizations
Reduce the environmental impact over the life-cycle of ICT devices
Green IS and social organizations
IS to promote sustainability and competitiveness
IS in support of social sustainability
Role of IS technologies in improving energy efficiencies in organizations and metrics
Green IS business models
Models or case studies for developing/nurturing green culture in organizations
Understanding issues such as the security vulnerabilities, systems integration, entrenched organization culture, employee/consumer behavior, costs, and scalability
Case studies of companies and organizations using Green IS
Firm level challenges of Green IS
Open-source software and Green IS solutions
Qualitative studies of Green IS issues
Big Data/Analytics in Green IS management
Datacenter Dynamics 2014. http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/01/dcd-industry-census-2013-data-center-power (Last accessed 26 September 2014)
Hansen, J., Makiko, S., Kharecha, P. and Schuckmann, K. V., 2011. Earth's energy imbalance and implications. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 13421-13449.
IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2014. Climate Change 2014: Synthesis report. Summary for policy makers. http://report.mitigation2014.org/spm/ipcc_wg3_ar5_summary-for-policymakers_approved.pdf (Last accessed 23 September 2014)
IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2007. Climate Change 2007: Synthesis report. Summary for Policy Makers. http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/syr/ar4_syr_spm.pdf (Last accessed 23 September 2014)
The Register 2013. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/16/it_electricity_use_worse_than_you_thought/ (Last accessed 26 September 2014)
Watson, R. T., Corbett, J., Boudreau, M. C., and Webster, J. 2012. “An Information Strategy for Environmental Sustainability”, Communications of the ACM, (55: 7) 28-30.