Zeiss, Roman ORCID: 0000-0002-1366-3095, Ixmeier, Anne, Recker, Jan ORCID: 0000-0002-2072-5792 and Kranz, Johann ORCID: 0000-0003-3722-027X (2020). Mobilising information systems scholarship for a circular economy: Review, synthesis, and directions for future research. Information Systems Journal. ISSN 1350-1917

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Link to the document: http://doi.org/10.1111/isj.12305

Item Type: Journal Article
Translated abstract:
One of today's grand societal challenges is to replace the current ‘take‐make‐waste’ economic model with a circular economic model that allows a gradual decoupling of economic activities from the consumption of finite virgin resources. While circular economy (CE) scholars have long lauded digital technologies such as sensors, distributed ledgers, or platforms as key enablers, our own community has not fully explored the potentials of information systems (IS) for a CE. Considering recent technological advances in software and hardware and our history of helping address wicked challenges, we believe the time is ripe to mobilise IS scholarship for a CE. Our findings from an interdisciplinary literature review show that research has primarily examined IS potentials for increasing efficiency of isolated intra‐organisational processes while neglecting the larger sustainability potential of IS to establish circular material flows—that is, slow down and close material loops across entire product lifecycles. In response, we propose directions for IS research that develop our knowledge of how IS can help understand and enact circular material flows to intensify and extend use of products and components and recycle waste materials. Our directions offer pathways to building and evaluating the problem‐solution pairing that could characterise a prolific CE‐IS relationship.English
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Zeiss, RomanUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-1366-3095UNSPECIFIED
Recker, JanUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-2072-5792UNSPECIFIED
Kranz, JohannUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-3722-027XUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-118777
DOI: 10.1111/isj.12305
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Journal
Date: 2020
ISSN: 1350-1917
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
Technology (Applied sciences)
Management and auxiliary services
Uncontrolled Keywords:
circular economyEnglish
digital technologyEnglish
literature reviewEnglish
research agendaEnglish
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/11877


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