Green IT : a matter of business and information systems engineering?

Loos, Peter, Nebel, Wolfgang, Gómez, Jorge Marx, Hasan, Helen, Watson, Richard T., vom Brocke, Jan, Seidel, Stefan, & Recker, Jan C. (2011) Green IT : a matter of business and information systems engineering? Business and Information Systems Engineering, 3(4), pp. 245-252.

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This panel discusses the impact of Green IT on information systems and how information systems can meet environmental challenges and ensure sustainability.

We wish to highlight the role of green business processes, and specifically the contributions that the management of these processes can play in leveraging the transformative power of IS in order to create an environmentally sustainable society.

The management of business processes has typically been thought of in terms of business improvement alongside the dimensions time, cost, quality, or flexibility – the so-called ‘devil’s quadrangle’. Contemporary organizations, however, increasingly become aware of the need to create more sustainable, IT-enabled business processes that are also successful in terms of their economic, ecological, as well as social impact. Exemplary ecological key performance indicators that increasingly find their way into the agenda of managers include carbon emissions, data center energy, or renewable energy consumption (SAP 2010). The key challenge, therefore, is to extend the devil’s quadrangle to a devil’s pentagon, including sustainability as an important fifth dimension in process change.

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ID Code: 43477
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Green IT, Green IS, Business Process Management, Sustainable Computing, Sustainability
DOI: 10.1007/s12599-011-0165-5
ISSN: 0937-6429
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2011 23:32
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 15:33

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