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Online from: 2004
Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management
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|Title:||Sustainability – a new dimension in information systems evaluation|
|Author(s):||Wojciech Piotrowicz, (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK), Richard Cuthbertson, (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)|
|Citation:||Wojciech Piotrowicz, Richard Cuthbertson, (2009) "Sustainability – a new dimension in information systems evaluation", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 22 Iss: 5, pp.492 - 503|
|Keywords:||Benchmarking, Information systems, Supply chain management|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17410390910993509 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||This paper is based on the paper submitted by the authors for the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems EMCIS 2008, 25-26 May, Al Bostan Rotana, Dubai (ISVN 978-1-902316-58-1). For more details about EMCIS, please visit at www.emcis.org|
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).
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