Sustainability: Are We All Talking About the Same Thing State-of-the-Art and Proposals for an Integrative Definition of Sustainability in Information Systems
Available Online August 2014.
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- Sustainability, Information Systems, ICT, Definition, Review.
- Degradation of the natural environment is presently attracting significant attention among the Information Systems (IS) academic community. Consequently, the subject of sustainability continues to gain a foothold in the mainstream of IS research. However, as the body of research grows, the exact meaning of sustainability is increasingly becoming a source of uncertainty. The absence of a clear definition of sustainability in the IS domain poses a challenge for operationalizing the concept and limits the methodological viability of research in the field. By means of a systematic literature review, this paper identifies problems related to diverging or even a complete absence of sustainability definitions in the relevant IS literature. The results reveal what constitutes a sound definition of sustainability as a characteristic of a stakeholder activity and a new perspective for Information Systems research on sustainability, in which an activity becomes a quantum of sustainability analysis. The paper discusses the broader implications for further research.
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TY - CONF AU - Friedrich Chasin PY - 2014/08 DA - 2014/08 TI - Sustainability: Are We All Talking About the Same Thing State-of-the-Art and Proposals for an Integrative Definition of Sustainability in Information Systems BT - ICT for Sustainability 2014 (ICT4S-14) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 342 EP - 351 SN - 2352-538X UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-14.2014.42 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/ict4s-14.2014.42 ID - Chasin2014/08 ER -