Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

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Gamification of Sustainability

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Is the process of innovation in organizations turning into a process of playing games? According to analysts: yes.

By 2015, 50% of companies that manage innovation and research will use gamification to drive innovation, according to a press release by Gartner.

According to Brian Burke, an analyst at Gartner, “Enterprise architects, CIOs and IT planners must be aware of, and lead, the business trend of gamification, educate their business counterparts and collaborate in the evaluation of opportunities within the organization.”

The press release sites a few examples where changes are already beginning to take place including the World Bank’s Evoke, but the most interesting example is Idea Street. Idea Street is an internal project of the United Kingdom’s Department of Work and Pensions, where employees interact and share ideas. The project includes a few basic game mechanics like badges and leaderboards, but the intrinsic driver of sharing ideas and collaborating on projects is the primary motivation behind the project. Idea Street facilitates the process. There is a case study available on Idea Street from Gartner, and the findings show that within the first 18 months, the project had around four thousand users, generated 1,400 ideas, 63 of which have been implemented within the Department. [more].

Will new ideas for reducing GHG emissions, saving energy, or reducing supply chain waste increasingly emerge from games hosted by companies (and who will design these games?)


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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