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Implementing green business processes : the importance of functional affordances of information systems

Seidel, Stefan and Recker, Jan 2012, Implementing green business processes : the importance of functional affordances of information systems, in ACIS 2012 : Location, location, location : Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2012, ACIS, [Geelong, Vic.], pp. 1-10.

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Title Implementing green business processes : the importance of functional affordances of information systems
Author(s) Seidel, Stefan
Recker, Jan
Conference name Australasian Conference on Information Systems (23rd : 2012 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 3-5 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings ACIS 2012 : Location, location, location : Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2012
Editor(s) Lamp, JohnORCID iD for Lamp, John orcid.org/0000-0003-1891-0400
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher ACIS
Place of publication [Geelong, Vic.]
Keyword(s) Green IS
functional affordances
business process management
sustainability
IT-enabled transformation
Summary An environmentally sustainable and thus green business process is one that delivers organizational value whilst also exerting a minimal impact on the natural environment. Recent works from the field of Information Systems (IS) have argued that information systems can contribute to the design and implementation of sustainable business processes. While prior research has investigated how information systems can be used in order to support sustainable business practices, there is still a void as to the actual changes that business processes have to undergo in order to become environmentally sustainable, and the specific role that information systems play in enabling this change. In this paper, we provide a conceptualization of environmentally sustainable business processes, and discuss the role of functional affordances of information systems in enabling both incremental and radical changes in order to make processes environmentally sustainable. Our conceptualization is based on (a) a fundamental definition of the concept of environmental sustainability, grounded in two basic components: the environmental source and sink functions of any project or activity, and (b) the concept of functional affordances, which describe the potential uses originating in the material properties of information systems in relation to their use context. In order to illustrate the application of our framework and provide a first evaluation, we analyse two examples from prior research where information systems impacted on the sustainability of business processes.
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Language eng
Field of Research 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Related work DU:30049020
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors/ACIS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049131

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