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Information Systems, Business, and the Natural Environment: Can Digital Business Transform Environmental Sustainability?

Nigel P. Melville

in The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584451
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199584451.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Information Systems, Business, and the Natural Environment: Can Digital Business Transform Environmental Sustainability?

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This article outlines the evolution of information systems (IS) for environmental sustainability. It investigates three ways in which IS might transform environmental sustainability. It discusses complexities, challenges, and business opportunities in carbon emission data management at a large university. A few examples of how researchers might contribute to knowledge in this dynamic, emergent domain of environmental sustainability are reported. Organizational and societal spheres inform beliefs about the natural environment, which lead to managerial actions, which impact the behavior of organizations and the natural environment, as well as the possibility of reverse causality. IS research has shown important differences in individual reactions to information technologies that affect their adoption. Emerging regulation, shifts in consumer demands, and risk arising from the visible and predicted impacts of climate change are significantly increasing environmental information requirements in organizations. There is opportunity and risk at the nexus of IS, business, and the natural environment.

Keywords: information systems; environmental sustainability; carbon emission; natural environment; organizations; climate change; business

Article.  7771 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Knowledge Management ; Business Strategy

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