Information systems in environmental sustainability: Of cannibals and forks

Dirk S. Hovorka, Elaine Labajo, Nancy Auerbach

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Abstract

That individuals, communities, and organizations need to change patterns of behavior and interactions to create a sustainable future for the biosphere has become a widely accepted concept in both organizational practice and sustainability research from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Information systems and the organizational, community and individual actions they support have the potential to alter the current trajectory of resource consumption, negative environmental impacts, and ecosystem degradation. Although the Information Systems discipline has begun to address the problem of environmental sustainability, current models adhere to a technologic-managerial mindset which supports the organizational status quo. By critiquing the assumptions of the established Triple Bottom Line framework, this research proposes that Information Systems research can be expanded in three directions: addressing collective rather than individual actions, creating, measuring and monitoring a broad range of environmental impact measures, and designing organizational learning systems that enable adaptive management practices in the face of unpredictable and nonlinear environmental changes. Recognition of these additional research avenues will emphasize the difficulty of the problem domain and support transformational research thinking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Business Process Management: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise
PublisherSpringer
Pages59-72
Number of pages14
Volume9783642274886
ISBN (Electronic)9783642274886
ISBN (Print)3642274870, 9783642274879
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

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Sustainable development
Information systems
Environmental impact
Ecosystems
Learning systems
Trajectories
Environmental sustainability
Degradation
Monitoring
Organizational learning
Mindset
Status quo
Trajectory
Organizational practices
Interaction
Sustainability
Information systems research
Environmental change
Adaptive management
Management practices

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Hovorka, D. S., Labajo, E., & Auerbach, N. (2012). Information systems in environmental sustainability: Of cannibals and forks. In Green Business Process Management: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise (Vol. 9783642274886, pp. 59-72). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27488-6_4
Hovorka, Dirk S. ; Labajo, Elaine ; Auerbach, Nancy. / Information systems in environmental sustainability : Of cannibals and forks. Green Business Process Management: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise. Vol. 9783642274886 Springer, 2012. pp. 59-72
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Information systems in environmental sustainability : Of cannibals and forks. / Hovorka, Dirk S.; Labajo, Elaine; Auerbach, Nancy.

Green Business Process Management: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise. Vol. 9783642274886 Springer, 2012. p. 59-72.

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Hovorka DS, Labajo E, Auerbach N. Information systems in environmental sustainability: Of cannibals and forks. In Green Business Process Management: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise. Vol. 9783642274886. Springer. 2012. p. 59-72 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27488-6_4