Management Instruments for Sustainable Information Systems Management

Management Instruments for Sustainable Information Systems Management

Koray Erek (Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany), Nils-Holger Schmidt (University of Göttingen, Germany), Rüdiger Zarnekow (Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany) and Lutz M. Kolbe (University of Göttingen, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-981-1.ch016
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Abstract

The increasing dissemination of information systems (IS) into all areas of business and personal life has drawn attention to its economic, environmental and social effects. IS organizations are becoming aware that they have to take up their responsibility by thinking seriously about sustainability management for information systems. While measures for using computing resources efficiently have received considerable attention, the topic of sustainability in IS management is still lacking theoretical and conceptual foundation. As a contribution to the ongoing discussion of “Green IT”, the purpose of this chapter is to apply the concept of sustainability into the field of IS management using practical concepts such as a procedural model, the balanced scorecard and a maturity model.
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Sustainability And Information Management

In the following sections a clear view on IS management and on the concept of sustainability and Green IT will be worked out. The proposed concept is based on the St. Gallen model of “industrialized information management”, whose explicit consideration of external interfaces seems to be suitable to describe the IS management in the context of its environment.

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