- List of Contributors
- Historical Reflections on the Practice of Information Management and Implications for the Field of MIS
- Tracing the History of the Information Systems Field
- The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High‐Quality Research in Information Systems
- Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology
- Structuration Theory
- Institutional Theory of Information Technology
- ‘Everything is Dangerous’: Rethinking Michel Foucault and the Social Study of ICT
- Critical Social Information Systems Research
- Hermeneutics and Meaning‐Making in Information Systems
- Phenomenology, Screens, and <i>Screenness</i>: Returning to the World Itself
- Post‐structuralism, Social Shaping of Technology, and Actor‐Network Theory: What Can They Bring to IS Research?
- Further Developments in Information Systems Strategizing: Unpacking the Concept
- Rethinking Business–IT Alignment
- IT‐Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review, Synthesis, and an Extension of the Literature
- Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations
- A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment
- Rethinking Information Systems Security
- Mobile IT
- A Review of the IT Outsourcing Literature: Insights for Practice
- Managing Knowledge Work
- Rethinking Gender and MIS for the Twenty‐First Century
- Green Digits: Towards an Ecology of IT Thinking
- Ethics and ICT
- IT, Globalization, and Human Development: A Personal View
- Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries Research
- From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems
Abstract and Keywords
This article highlights the paradoxes of information technology (IT) and IS and the promise of these as one of the solutions to our ecological dilemma. Some of these paradoxes include the promise of efficiency gains, of cleanliness, of education, and of community. It explores Green IT by focusing on a neglected level of information systems analysis: information views, or ‘ways of thinking’ about information technology and systems. It suggests that it is this ignored conceptual level that has in part contributed to the IT paradoxes. Specifically, this article differentiates instrumental versus emergent thinking about technology, and identifies three paradigms that suggest very different uses of information technology to achieve the goal of Green IT in the service of sustainability. Thus, rather than merely exploiting nature, it proposes viewing IT in terms either of preserving, returning to, or transforming nature.
Pierre Berthon holds the Clifford F. Youse Chair of Marketing and Strategy at Bentley University. Berthon has held academic positions at Columbia University in the USA, Henley Management College, Cardiff University, and University of Bath in the UK. He has also taught or held visiting positions at Rotterdam School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, Norwegian School of Economics and Management, Cape Town Business School, University of Cape Town, and Athens Laboratory of Business Administration. His research focuses on the interaction of technology, corporate strategy, and consumer behavior, and has appeared in journals such as Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Information Systems Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, Long Range Planning, Business Horizons, European Management Journal, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Theory, and others.
Philip DesAutels is a researcher at Bentley University and Director of Academic Evangelism at Microsoft. He holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to Microsoft, Philip was founder and CTO of Ereo, an image retrieval search company. He worked as Chief Scientist for Excite@Home and as a researcher on the staff of the World Wide Web consortium as well as with IBM, Anderson Consulting, and John Hancock. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he served in Uzbekistan, where he lectured, established a micro‐lending programme, and installed part of the country's first email infrastructure. Philip serves as the Chair of the Globe Award for Sustainable Innovation. In addition, he serves as a board member and adviser to numerous NGOs. His research interests lie in the areas of sustainability, the future of sustainable business, and society and technology and he has published research in the areas of operations research, marketing, and information systems.
Brian Donnellan is a lecturer in Information Systems at NUI Galway. His Ph.D. was entitled ‘Knowledge Management Systems for New Product Development’. His research interests lie primarily in the area of knowledge management systems, a broad area which encompasses the use of information systems to support knowledge management, innovation, new product development, and technology management. He has been successful in a number of research funding proposals from the Irish government and the EU. He has been actively involved in a two‐year (2004–5) STREP project under the EU FP6 programme. The consortium aims at introducing, analysing, and supporting the use of Open Data Standards (ODS) and Open Source (OS) software for personal productivity and document management in European Public Administrations and comprises universities and public administrations in Ireland, Italy, UK, Denmark, Belgium, and Hungary. He has spent twenty years working in industry. His most recent position was in Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), the European R&D centre of a US electronics company with headquarters in Boston. While at ADI his responsibilities included management of the Knowledge Management Business Process and management of engineering computer services for New Product Development Teams.
Cynthia Clark Williams is the Director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance at Bentley University and an assistant professor of management. She holds a Ph.D. from the honours programme at Boston University and an M.A. from Northwestern University. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of ethics, corporate disclosures, and governance. Her research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, and the Case Research Journal to name a few. She teaches courses in strategy and social issues in management.
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