Sustainability - A new dimension in information systems evaluation

Piotrowicz, Wojciech and Cuthbertson, Richard (2008) Sustainability - A new dimension in information systems evaluation. In: Proceedings of European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems 2008, 25-26 May, 2008, Dubai.

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This paper received Outstanding Paper Award 2010, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to introduce sustainability as a new dimension of information systems (IS) evaluation. Customers, policymakers and business partners increasingly require the monitoring and reporting of the organisational impact on sustainability. However, traditional IS evaluation approaches are not able to capture the impact of information technology (IT)/IS on sustainability, especially in relation to social and environmental dimensions, so the authors want to stimulate discussion and research related to this area.

Design/methodology/approach - This paper is conceptual. However, it is based on the results of an existing related research project focussed on supply chain evaluation. Findings In order to stimulate discussion and research, the authors propose a framework that was originally developed to evaluate supply chain practices, in which IS often play a major role. The framework is built on three dimensions economic, social and environmental which are divided further into three sub-dimensions. It can be used as a starting point to develop a framework for sustainability-oriented IS evaluation.

Research limitations/implications - The framework was originally developed for supply chain evaluation; however, it has generic features that can be adjusted or modified in order to be applied to a whole range of IT/IS initiatives

Practical implications - Sustainability and its new dimensions create new challenges for information systems evaluation. Companies require frameworks and tools that can help them to measure and evaluate the impact of IS on sustainability. The researcher's role is to answer such needs and focus on this emerging research topic; this paper aims to stimulate such research.

Originality/value - Sustainability is a new dimension in IT/IS evaluation. Current approaches do not include all sustainability dimensions (environmental aspects are excluded, evaluation of the social impact is limited).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: information systems, information technology, evaluation, performance measurement, supply chain management, sustainability, green IT
Subject(s): Retail
Operations management
Centre: Oxford Institute of Retail Management
Faculty of Operations Management
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 09:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07

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