Green IS and Sustainability (SIGGREEN)


Track Chairs:

Cathy Dwyer, Pace University,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shu Shiller, Wright State University,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Track Description:

Environmental sustainability and climate change is a global issue, with many cultural, organizational, technical, social, regulatory, and individual factors. Just as computer-based information systems have been the driving force for productivity improvements, Green IS can be a driving force for sustainability improvements. “Our quest for environmental sustainability needs an information strategy to parallel and complement engineering solutions.” (Watson, Corbett, Boudreau, Webster, 2012).

Green IS applies the transformative power of information systems to support environmental sustainability. It addresses the world’s greatest challenge: shrinking access to non-renewable resources, increased energy and food costs, and environmental degradation due to climate change. This track is open to any type of research related to defining the scope of Green IS research, as well as adapting research into teaching cases, modules, and courses in order to prepare Green IS professionals.

Minitracks:

Green, Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Tourism Practices and the Role of Information Technologies

Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cihan Cobanoglu, University of South Florida, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ulli Gretzel, The University of Wollongong, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chulmo Koo, Kyung Hee University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Tourism industry:</strong> Developing innovative IT-enhanced products and processes which profoundly change ways of traveling and consumption towards more sustainability. <strong>Tourist behavior:</strong> Providing eco-friendly options for travelers and using IT to change travel-related attitudes and behaviors. <strong>Destination:</strong> Ensuring that tourism offers economic, social and environmental benefits to local businesses, people, and communities by means of IT. Owing to the substantial impact of international tourism growth, this field is attracting great attention from policy makers, practitioners, and researchers alike. In this endeavor IT plays a critical role in enabling triple bottom line compliance, comprising environmental, economic, and social destination sustainability. Tourism research is increasingly addressing issues related to sustainable tourism including energy consumption, green convention, eco-tourism, electronic tourism, and environmental sustainability. Given the with the close relationship between IT and sustainable tourism context, the role of IT usage for travelers, local communities and businesses is becoming more important and enormous.

Information Systems for Sustainable Business Activities and Supply Chains

Viet Dao, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jerry Carbo, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ian Langella, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Steve Haase, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

This mini-track focuses on the role of Information Systems in enabling the development and promotion of sustainability strategy and sustainable business practices that focus on all aspects of the triple bottom line: Profit, People, and Planet. More particularly, this mini-track is interested in research regarding the role of IS in enabling sustainable business practices that not only address sustainability within individual firms but also reach beyond firm boundary to examine the role of IS in enabling coordination among supply chain partners to develop more sustainable business practices across supply chains.

Green-IS for Sustainability in Inter-Organizational Networks

Matthias Schumann, Universität Göttingen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Stefan Seidel, University of Liechtenstein, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Johann Kranz, University of Göttingen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Among scholars and practitioners alike issues related to corporate sustainability have become increasingly important due to global warming, environmental degradation, and the scarcity of (fossil) resources. In making business practices more sustainable, information system (IS) enhanced solutions, typically referred to Green IS, are expected to play an essential role (Watson et al. 2011). The effects of Green IS can be (1) direct, e.g. due to more efficient usage of IS/IT-resources (2) indirect, e.g., due to more sustainable business processes, or (3) systemic, for instance, causing behavioral changes of employees. While many studies focus on single organizations, to date only little research has been conducted regarding the adoption, usage, and design of Green IS in inter-organizational networks. Supporting sustainable business practices within and across organizations requires a research agenda that investigates topics such as inter-organizational sustainability governance, sustainable supply chain management, product life cycle accounting, recycling, carbon management accounting, or energetic and non-energetic resource consumption across value chains. The IS community is thus challenged to contribute to our understanding of how IS can foster sustainability in complex inter-organizational networks while simultaneously considering economic imperatives. We invite contributions that explore the range of technical, organizational, economic, and social perspectives on Green IS for sustainability in inter-organizational networks from diverse perspectives which include – but are not limited to – the field of business information systems, management, machine learning, operations research, and computer science as well as contributions from practitioners which provide business experiences.

IS Applications for Electric Mobility and the Smart Grid

Lutz Kolbe, University of Göttingen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dirk Neumann, University of Freiburg, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jacqueline Corbett, Laval University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

A growing awareness of energy efficiency and the global impacts of energy consumption are giving rise to a fundamental shift in our perception of energy. Our world is increasingly powered by water, sun, and wind; our buildings are made smarter to match energy consumption with fluctuating supply; our vehicles are fuelled from power outlets instead of gas stations. Through smart grid applications, IS sits at the center of this confluence of power systems, human behavior, and mobility, well-positioned to take up the essential role of facilitating communication and coordination.</p>

The objective of this mini track is to encourage research in the emerging areas of smart grid and electric mobility. We are looking for papers that address challenges and opportunities related to the smart grid environment, that examine IS applications to successfully integrate a growing share of renewable energy generation and that investigate the role of IS in electric mobility.

Sustainability, Organizations, and Green Information Systems

Pratyush Bharati, University of Massachusetts Boston, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Abhijit Chaudhury, Bryant University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Babita Gupta, California State University Monterey Bay, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ganesh Sahu, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, India, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Information systems (IS) have to be an integral part of organizational and societal solutions that address the enormous environmental sustainability challenges facing the planet. Climate change includes ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns (Hansen et al., 2011; IPCC, 2007). Green IS scholars have written that the “quest for environmental sustainability needs an information strategy” (Watson et al., 2012). Information systems help connect and configure the disparate system of human activities into an integrated and interlocking whole. Society, and its organizations, endeavoring for environmental sustainability can employ information technologies to not just redesign and refocus their production networks but also to create new knowledge and to innovate. The mini-track will provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion on issues pertaining to organizations, green IS and their impact on environmental sustainability. The authors are encouraged to submit both theoretical and empirical work on sustainability, organizations, and information systems.