I just returned from the International Conference on Information Systems in Phoenix where I saw several interesting talks on sustainability and information systems (below).
In a nutshell, IS researchers are beginning to examine
- metrics for green IT readiness capabilities
- institutional theory as a lens to view sustainable IS adoption
- technical solutions to reduce server slack and lower energy use
- dimensions of assessing sustainability of IS outsourcers
- IT in support of local food systems, e.g., to support innovation and the transfer of innovation.
Three papers were presented in the sustainability track:
- “Organizational Adoption of Green IS & IT: An Institutional Perspective,” Adela Chen, Richard Watson, Marie-Claude Boudreau, Elena Karahanna – University of Georgia
- “IT and Eco-Sustainability: Developing and Validating a Green IT Readiness Model,” Alemayehu Molla, Vanessa Cooper, Siddhi Pittayachawan – RMIT University
- “Taming Energy Costs of Large Enterprise Systems Through Adaptive Provisioning,” Markus Hedwig – University of Freiburg, Simon Malkowski – Georgia Institute of Technology, Dirk Neumann – University of Freiburg
There were also two green-themed posters:
- “Growing Local Food Systems: Information Technology Use and Impacts in Geographically-Embedded Markets,” Brian Butler – University of Pittsburgh, Catherine Ridings – Lehigh University, Jacqueline Pike – University of Pittsburgh [received ICIS award recognition]
- “How Green is My Outsourcer – Environmental Responsibililty in Global IT Outsourcing,” Ron Babin – Ryerson University, Brian Nicholson – University of Manchester
Kudos to all – let’s keep the momentum rolling.