Call for Papers: AMCIS 2013 Mini-track – Sustainability, Organizations, and Green Information Systems

Mini-Track Title: Sustainability, Organizations, and Green Information Systems
Track Title: Green IS and Sustainability

19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2013)
Hyperconnected World: Anything Anywhere Anytime
Chicago, Illinois, USA
15?17 August 2013

Deadline for paper submissions: February 22, 2013

Instructions for authors at: AMCIS website<http://amcis2013.aisnet.org/>
(http://amcis2013.aisnet.org/)

Description:
Information systems (IS) have to be an integral part of organizational and societal solutions that address the enormous environmental sustainability challenges facing the planet. Human activities have resulted in global green-house gas (GHG) emissions to increase by 70% between 1970 and 2004 (IPCC, 2007). Climate change also includes ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns (Hansen et al., 2011; IPCC, 2007). Green IS scholars have written that the ?quest for environmental sustainability needs an information strategy? (Watson et al., 2012). Information systems help connect and configure the disparate system of human activities into an integrated and interlocking whole. Society, and its organizations, endeavoring for environmental sustainability can employ information technologies to not just redesign and refocus their production networks but also to create new knowledge and to innovate.

Organizations are adopting green IS practices because of the derived economic benefits such as cost savings from reduced consumption of electricity and fuel, reduced hardware expenditures, reduced e-waste, and improved brand image. Green IS technology offers strategic solution to the problem of increasing costs of maintaining information systems by helping organizations better integrate business, operations, and assets priorities and aligning these with the organizational mission and goals. The mini-track will provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion on issues pertaining to organizations, green IS and their impact on environmental sustainability. The authors are encouraged to submit both theoretical and empirical work on sustainability, organizations, and green information systems.

Suggested Topics:
Green IS diffusion and assimilation
Organizational adoption of sustainable business practices
Green business process management
Monitoring and recording the environmental impact of business processes
Operational efficiency and Green IS
Improving efficiency of business processes to lower GHG emissions
Regulations, institutions and Green IS
Information systems that promote sustainable business practices
Information systems for raising environmental awareness
Energy informatics
Tracking and monitoring of environmental information
Technologies for greening organizations
Reduce the environmental impact over the life-cycle of ICT devices
Green IS and social organizations
IS to promote sustainability and competitiveness
IS in support of social sustainability
Role of IS technologies in improving energy efficiencies in organizations and metrics
Green IS business models
Models or case studies for developing/nurturing green culture in organizations
Understanding issues such as the security vulnerabilities, systems integration, entrenched organization culture, employee/consumer behavior, costs, and scalability
Case studies of companies and organizations using Green IS
Firm level challenges of Green IS
Open-source software and Green IS solutions
Qualitative studies of Green IS issues

Mini-Track Chairs:
Pratyush Bharati
Management Science and Information Systems
University of Massachusetts
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Pratyush.Bharati@umb.edu

Abhijit Chaudhury
Computer Information Systems
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI 02917
achaudhu@bryant.edu

Babita Gupta
California State University Monterey Bay
bgupta@csumb.edu

Ganesh P. Sahu
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, India
gsahu@mnnit.ac.in

References
Hansen, J., Makiko, S., Kharecha, P. and Schuckmann, K. V., 2011. Earth’s energy imbalance and implications. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 13421-13449.

IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2007. Climate change 2007: Synthesis report. Summary for policy makers.
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/syr/ar4_syr_spm.pdf
(Last accessed 4 October 2012)

Watson, R. T., Corbett, J., Boudreau, M. C., and Webster, J. 2012. ?An Information Strategy for Environmental Sustainability?, Communications of the ACM, (55: 7) 28-30.