Scientific Digest

Svenson, F. (2017): In Search of Sustainable ICT: Exploring the Neglected Social Dimension through Macromarketing Thought, erscheint in: Springer Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation”

One of the suggested solutions to generate more sustainability is to realize the principles of efficiency, consistency, and sufficiency by making use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). A combination of production-side technological efficiency and consumption-side practices of sufficiency are envisioned in this work-in progress project.

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Adelmeyer, M.; Walterbusch, M.; Biermanski, P.; Seifert, K.; Teuteberg, F. (2017): Rebound Effects in Cloud Computing: Towards a Conceptual Framework.

Rebound effects have been discussed in various disciplines. In the information and communication technology sector, this topic is still insufficiently studied. Basically, a rebound effect is a feedback mechanism, as a result of which savings from efficiency improvements are not or only partially realized.

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Wittstock, R.; Warnecke, D.; Teuteberg, F. (2016): Development of an ontology of sustainability assessment methods for the ICT sector

This research in progress aims to develop an ontology providing stakeholders of the ICT sector with a comprehensive choice of sustainability assessment methods.

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Asswad, J., Hake, G., Marx Gómez, J. (2016): The Obstacles of Sustainable Business Innovations.

The continuous innovation process of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector shape the way businesses redefine their business models. Though, current drivers of innovation processes focus solely on a technical dimension, while disregarding social and environmental drivers.

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Asswad, J.; Hake, G.; Marx Gómez, J. (2016): Integration von Open Innovation in der Entwicklung nachhaltiger IKT

Für das betriebliche und private Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement stellt der Einsatz von IKT sowohl eine Chance als auch eine Herausforderung für ökologisches und soziales Handeln dar. In diesem Beitrag wird im Rahmen einer konzeptionell-deduktiven Analyse ein Framework präsentiert, das die Perspektiven nachhaltigkeitsorientierter und offener Innovationen mit den Lebenszyklen von IKT Produkten verbindet.

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Hake, G., Asswad, J., Marx Gómez, J. (2016): Overcoming the Barriers of Sustainable Business Model Innovations by Integrating Open Innovation.

A profitable and renowned business model no longer guarantees a strong position against competitors in the future, as disruptive technologies and new businesses gain momentum.

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Haucke, F. (2016): The Fairphone Case? A Social Movement Or Another Trend to be Followed?

The paper examines the movement potential for the Fairphone company, which applies sustainability characteristics to a smartphone. The presented study delves into the relation of social movement theory and sustainable consumption by determining the effects of civic engagement and transition strategies provided by the Fairphone and the translation of these to its consumers.

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Jede, A.; Teuteberg, F. (2016): Understanding Socio-Technical Impacts Arising from Software-as-a-Service Usage in Companies: A Mixed Method Analysis on Individual Level Data

This paper examines the perceptions of IT professionals in internal IT departments regarding the effects of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This paper’s findings help management to understand the need for balancing both their willingness for SaaS adoption and the socio-technical consequences.

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Mehmann, J.; Teuteberg, F. (2016): The Fourth-Party Logistics Service Provider Approach to support Sustainable Development Goals in Transportation – A Case Study of the German Agricultural Bulk Logistics Sector

The approach to integrate a fourth-party logistics service provider in the German Agricultural Bulk Logistics sector marks a new concept that aims at achieving sustainable development goals in transportation, i. e., by realising full truck loads. Against the background of steadily growing transport volumes, it is of paramount importance to develop sustainability concepts in order to mitigate the impacts on the environment.

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Polex, J.; Lenschow, A. (2016): Surrendering to growth? The European Union’s goals for research and technology in the Horizon 2020 framework; erscheint in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016.

The European Union is one of the major global players in environmental protection and sustainability policy, and increasingly addresses themes such as human wellbeing, global justice and development. Grounded in the degrowth literature, this paper asks how the European Union measures progress, economic development and the relevance of environmental protection.

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Stiel, F.; Michel, T.; Teuteberg, F. (2016): Enhancing Manufacturing and Transportation Decision Support Systems with LCA Add-ins

This work presents a conceptual framework as well as conceptual software architecture to foster the integration of life cycle assessment software tools with dynamic manufacturing and transportation decision support tools. The results reveal interfaces and overlap between the existing life cycle assessment and decision support concepts as well as starting points to bridge this existing gap between static and dynamic approaches.

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Frehe, V. (2015): Can Target Costing be Applied in Green Logistics? – Evidence From a Conjoint Analysis

This paper provides a method to identify customer (sustainability) demands, to map these via price equivalents and to use them for green logistics target costing. For this, it combines the methodology of Expert Survey and Choice Based Conjoint Analysis to determine the customers’ price readiness for sustainable logistics services.

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Johnson, M.; Schaltegger, S. (2015): Two Decades of Sustainability Management Tools for SMEs: How Far Have We Come?

Many scholars have emphasized the importance of sustainability management in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Although various publications discuss different approaches and potential barriers of implementation, a review of the existing research on sustainability management tools for SMEs is nonetheless missing.

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Hörisch, J.; Schaltegger S.; Windolph, S. (2015): Linking sustainability-related stakeholder feedback to corporate sustainability performance. An empirical analysis of stakeholder dialogues

This paper investigates the link between corporate sustainability performance and sustainability-related feedback by stakeholders. It finds that companies which improve their sustainability performance and simultaneously communicate with stakeholders using stakeholder dialogues are most likely to experience a decrease in sustainability-related stakeholder criticism.

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Schaltegger, S; Burritt, R. (2015): Business cases and corporate engagement with sustainability: Differentiating ethical motivations

This paper explores links between different ethical motivations and kinds of CSR activities to distinguish between different types of business cases with regard to sustainability. It concludes by distinguishing four different kinds of business cases: reactionary and reputational business cases of sustainability, and responsible and collaborative business cases for sustainability.

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Schaltegger, S.; Hansen, E.; Lüdeke-Freund, F. (2015): Business Models for Sustainability: Origins, Present Research, and Future Avenues

More in-depth research is needed on whether both modified and completely new business models can help develop integrative and competitive solutions by either radically reducing negative and/or creating positive external effects for the natural environment and society.

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Stiel, F.; Teuteberg, F. (2015): On the Environmental Footprint of an IS Conference

This work reports on the results of a Life Cycle Assessment that was conducted to identify the main determinants for the environmental footprint of an IS conference. It suggests that this contribution can be significantly reduced by only a few very effective instruments.

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Stiel, F.; Teuteberg, F. (2015): Industry 4.0 Business Models in a Sustainable Society: Challenges, Competencies and Opportunities

What are key challenges for business model design in a sustainable society? How can Industry 4.0 competencies help to meet these challenges? What are the sustainable innovation opportunities for Industry 4.0 pioneers? This paper suggests that finding novel ways of delivering and capturing value is a fundamental challenge for industrial companies to prevail in a changing society with more sustainable consumption patterns.

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Stiel, F.; Teuteberg, F. (2015): Sustainable Consumption of Information and Communication Technologies in a Digital Society − Dialogue and Transformation through Open Innovation

How can open innovation measures be applied in order to facilitate a sustainable ICT consumption? How can scientific research take an active role to promote a sustainable ICT consumption? This work takes a closer look to methods and measures to bring business, science, citizens and policy-makers together in order to develop new technical, organizational and political solutions.

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Walterbusch, M.; Martens, B.; Teuteberg, F. (2015): A Decision Model for the Evaluation and Selection of Cloud Computing Services: A First Step Towards a More Sustainable Perspective

This paper presents a decision model for evaluating and selecting Cloud Computing Services. The presented research results clarify the need to consider more than the economic dimension — including factors and attributes of sustainable information systems management — in evaluating and selecting Cloud Computing Services.

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This web presence is part of the project “Sustainable Consumption of Information and Communication Technologies in the Digital Society − Dialogue and Transformation through open innovation”.
The project is funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and the Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) through the “Niedersächsisches Vorab” grant programme (grant number VWZN3037).

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