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The Impact of Information Systems on the Environmental Performance of an Organization: A single-case study
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The threat to our natural environment has become more imminent than ever over the last decades. This threat is driven by major environmental problems like melting polar caps, global warming and deforestation. These growing sustainability issues make organizations more aware of their environmental performance. For these organizations information systems revolutionized the way they conduct business in a globalized world and increase economic performance. Now the potential of these information systems provides an opportunity tomitigate a firm’s harmful effect on the environment.

Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the use of information systems impact the way that organizations deal with sustainability issues. This to get insight in how information systems are used, as a tool, to improve the environmental performance of a company and how this may affect the sustainable behavior of them.

Method: This study used a qualitative single-case study approach. The literature review established the basis for the research model. Following this the empirical data was collected through eleven semi-structured interviews. The findings have been analyzed using the content analysis method. The three main themes from the research model were used to compare findings from empirical and theoretical data.

Conclusion: The results in this study show the greater importance of the economic dimension over the environmental one from the triple bottom line in firms. This is because of the reactive stance against implementation of environmental measures, which is mainly driven by external pressures from legislative changes and changing consumer demand. Also, the lack of management accountability and standardized environmental measures prevent an increase in environmental performance. This while the results show that environmental data is already being collect through information systems, but mostly as byproduct for financial purposes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 79
Keywords [en]
Green information systems, Sustainable supply chain management, Supply chain Information system, Environmental performance
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43878ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20190983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43878DiVA, id: diva2:1319304
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Audi AG
Subject / course
JIBS, Business Administration
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Available from: 2019-07-03 Created: 2019-05-30 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved

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