IS sustainability research: A trans-disciplinary framework for a ‘grand challenge’

Dirk Hovorka, Jacqueline Corbett

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Abstract

To address the “grand challenge” of biosphere sustainability, it is imperative that weexamine the assumptions and philosophies underlying Information Systemssustainability research and expand research approaches. Despite calls for transdisciplinaryresearch and recognition that addressing sustainability will requiremultiple perspectives, a review of the IS sustainability literature finds that fewpublications incorporate knowledge or methods from outside traditional businesscentricboundaries. Drawing on a diverse range of IS and sustainability literature, wedevelop a trans-disciplinary framework for IS Sustainability Research (ISSR) based ona view of sustainability that recognizes the environment as a critical stakeholder ratherthan a collection of resources to be managed and exploited. We identify three broadareas of inquiry and representative research questions which address the connectionsbetween human activity, the natural capital of the biosphere, and the societal goals ofhuman-environment interactions through which ISSR can contribute to the grandchallenge of biosphere sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThirty Third International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012: 16-19 Dec, 2012
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780615718439
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventThirty Third International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 16 Dec 201219 Dec 2012

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ConferenceThirty Third International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period16/12/1219/12/12

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Hovorka, D., & Corbett, J. (2012). IS sustainability research: A trans-disciplinary framework for a ‘grand challenge’. In Thirty Third International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012: 16-19 Dec, 2012 (pp. 1-18). Association for Information Systems.