Green IS and Sustainability (SIGGreen)

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Track Chairs

Pratyush Bharati, University of Massachusetts, Boston,
Chadi Aoun, Carnegie Mellon University,
Savanid (Nui) Vatanasakdakul, Macquarie University,

Track Description

Sustainability and climate change are global issues, with many cultural, organizational, technical, social, regulatory, economic, and individual dimensions. Just as computer-based information systems have been a driving force for societal progress, Green IS can be a driving force for strategic sustainable solutions in organizations and communities.

Green IS enables the transformative power of information systems to support the multiple dimensions of sustainability. It addresses the world’s greatest challenges including shrinking access to non-renewable resources, decreased energy and food security, and environmental degradation due to climate change. IS can play a pivotal role in enabling sustainable solutions, which greatly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of modern communities and enterprises. Consequently, IS research can contribute in such transformation towards a multidimensional perspective to sustainability.

This track is open to any type of research within scope of Green IS and Sustainability research as well as those that adapt research and industry experience into teaching cases and modules.

Mini-track topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Mini-Track 1: Information Technology and Digitization for Sustainable Transportation

Tobias Brandt, University of Freiburg,
Wolf Ketter, Erasmus University Rotterdam,
Lutz M. Kolbe, University of Göttingen,
Dirk Neumann, University of Freiburg,

The transportation sector continues to be a main driver of global CO2-emmissions and environmental pollution (IPCC 2014). Electric vehicles would be much less appealing without online maps of charging stations and a simple electronic payment system. Information systems for managing the charging process of large electric vehicle fleets are necessary to ensure stability of electricity grids (Schmidt et al. 2014, Kahlen et al. 2014). Carsharing, bikesharing, and ridesharing services as well as multimodal mobility approaches are enabled by interactive online platforms and marketplaces that allow customers to locate, reserve, and pay for the vehicles (Birdsall 2014). They are also supported by sophisticated analytics systems that address the spatial and temporal volatility of vehicle supply and demand (Wagner et al. 2015). Green Logistics enables enterprise to substantially reduce the environmental impact of their supply and distribution systems (Dedrick 2010). All of these developments challenge established management and innovation approaches for incumbent organizations.

Mini-Track 2: Information Systems for Sustainable Business Activities and Supply Chains

Viet Dao, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA,
Daniel Rush, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO,

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 strategy and practices that not only address sustainability within individual firms but could also reach beyond firm boundaries to examine the role of IS in enabling coordination among supply chain partners to develop more sustainable business practices across supply chains. Inter-disciplinary research is particularly welcome.

Mini-Track 3: Sustainability, Organizations, and Green Information Systems

Ganesh P. Sahu, M N National Institute of Technology,
Babita Gupta, California State University Monterey Bay,

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. Green IS technology offers strategic solution to the problem of increasing costs of maintaining information systems by helping organizations better integrate business, operations, and assets priorities and aligning these with the organizational mission and goals. 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 green information systems.

Mini-Track 4: Social Computing for Sustainability

David Sundaram, The University of Auckland,
Gabrielle Peko, The University of Auckland,

Sustainable management aspires towards balancing and integrating social, economic and environmental dimensions. Existing roadmaps, frameworks and systems do not comprehensively support sustainable transformation nor do they allow decision makers to explore interrelationships and influences between the sustainability dimensions. Increasingly we find individuals and organisations are using SC/OSN to share and benchmark their sustainability practices and key performance indicators. At one end of the spectrum we have organisations engaging and participating on issues of environmental and societal concern and at the other end we have individuals who are sharing their daily achievements in terms of their exercise, health, and diet. This mini track seeks papers across this entire spectrum where SC/OSN is being used to support, share, measure, benchmark, model, quantify, qualify sustainability goals, practices, performances, indicators with the aim of achieving or enhancing the sustainability of individuals, families, organisations, supply chains, and society as a whole.

Mini-Track 5: Maritime Informatics

Mikael Lind, Viktoria Swedish ICT & University of Gothenburg,
Richard Watson, University of Georgia,

Maritime Informatics studies the application of information systems to increasing the efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability of the world’s shipping industry. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), international shipping moves about 90 per cent of global trade and is the most efficient and cost-effective method for the international transportation of most goods. Hence, shipping is critical to future sustainable global economic growth.

The industry can be characterized as many independent actors who engage in episodic tight coupling. It has, however, been a late starter to digitization, possibly because of the long history of autonomy and the lack of inexpensive high bandwidth communication when on the ocean. Indeed, some participants in the industry are still sharing information via fax. A lack of information sharing impedes collaboration and reduces efficiency and safety. As a result, there are many opportunities to apply IS theory and knowledge to a critical global industry.

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