Sustainability: Are We All Talking About the Same Thing. State-of-the-Art and Proposals for an Integrative Definition of Sustainability in Information Systems

Chasin, Friedrich


Abstract
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.

Keywords
Sustainability; Information Systems; ICT; Definition; Review



Publication type
Conference Paper

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2014

Conference
ICT for Sustainability

Venue
Stockholm, Sweden

Start page
342

End page
351

Language
English

ISSN
2352-538x

ISBN
978-94-62520-22-6

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