Principles for re-designing information systems for environmental sustainability

Baskerville, Richard, Pries-Heje, Jan, & Recker, Jan C. (2016) Principles for re-designing information systems for environmental sustainability. In Mata, Francisco J. & Pont, Ana (Eds.) ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment, Springer, San Jose, Costa Rica, pp. 14-25.

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Many information systems claim to be “green”, meaning in support of environmental sustainability. But at closer look we find that these claims are often unsubstantiated; in other words, many green systems are not making any environment more sustainable. We identify three main root causes. First, the ‘environment’ is often ill-defined. Second, systems often overlook that ‘sustainability’ is a targeted function dependent on the goals of some stakeholders, which may include designers, users, organizations, policy makers, society or the planet as a whole. Third, we find that research on green information systems often overlooks conceptualizations such as ecology, environment or sustainability that originate in the sciences of the system, i.e., the basis on which information systems are built. To address these issues we present eight new design principles unique to the development of Green Information Systems that can act as prescriptive coherent design theory for developing information systems that improve environmental sustainability.

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ID Code: 99554
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Green information systems, Environmental sustainability, Systems design, Design principles, Theory development
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44447-5_2
ISBN: 9783319444468
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified (050299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Development Methodologies (080608)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business Information Systems (150302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2016 05:12
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 05:53

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