Loeser, Fabian, Recker, Jan C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792, vom Brocke, Jan, Molla, Alemayehu and Zarnekow, Ruediger (2017). How IT executives create organizational benefits by translating environmental strategies into Green IS initiatives. Information Systems Journal, 27 (4). pp. 503-553. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISSN 1365-2575

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Organizations increasingly recognize that environmental sustainability is an urgent problem. Green information systems (Green IS) initiatives can assist organizations in reaching their environmental goals by providing the ability to reduce the environmental impacts of information technology (IT) manufacturing, operations and disposal; facilitate transparency and enhance the efficiency of organizational resources and business processes; and foster eco-products through technological innovation. However, the nature and type of benefits such initiatives can accrue remain poorly understood, and accordingly, IT executives struggle to integrate environmental aspects in the corporate strategy and to launch Green IS initiatives. This paper clarifies the mechanisms that link organizational beliefs about environmental sustainability to Green IT and Green IS actions undertaken, and the organizational benefits that accrue from these actions. Using data from a global survey of 118 senior-level IT executives, we find that Green IS strategies mediate the relationship between environmental orientation and the implementation of Green IT practices and Green IS practices, which in turn lead to organizational benefits in the form of cost reductions, corporate reputation enhancement and Green innovation capabilities. Our findings have implications for the potential of IS to enable organizations' environmental sustainability and also for the differentiation of Green IT and Green IS practices.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Recker, Jan C.UNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-2072-5792UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-86765
DOI: 10.1111/isj.12136
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Journal
Volume: 27
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 503-553
Date: July 2017
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Place of Publication: Oxford
ISSN: 1365-2575
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Environmental SustainabilityEnglish
Green ITEnglish
Green ISEnglish
Organizational BenefitsEnglish
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/8676


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