Toward a design theory for green information systems

Recker, Jan C. (2016) Toward a design theory for green information systems. In Proceedings of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, IEEE, Grand Hyatt, Kauai, Hawaii, pp. 4474-4483.

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We report on ongoing research to develop a design theory for classes of information systems that allow for work practices that exhibit a minimal harmful impact on the natural environment. We call such information systems Green IS. In this paper we describe the building blocks of our Green IS design theory, which develops prescriptions for information systems that allow for: (1) belief formation, action formation and outcome measurement relating to (2) environmentally sustainable work practices and environmentally sustainable decisions on (3) a macro or micro level.

For each element, we specify structural features, symbolic expressions, user abilities and goals required for the affordances to emerge. We also provide a set of testable propositions derived from our design theory and declare two principles of implementation.

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ID Code: 91628
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Green information systems, design theory, design science, sustainability, environmental sustainability
DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2016.556
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Management (050205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Theory (080611)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Systems (150302)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 IEEE
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2016 23:26
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 05:59

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