Call for papers: Green IS

The IS Journal Market Place will be piloted with green information systems research, an emergent research field in IS that is of high societal relevance. SIGGreen has agreed to support the pilot by encouraging its membership to assist in the reviewing process.



Human activity over the last three centuries has changed the chemical composition of the earth’s air, land, and waters. Manifestations of environmental degradation include: climate change, with increasing droughts, floods, and extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, and declining food and water resources (Stern, 2007). Leading scientists attribute environmental degradation on a global scale to human behavior. More than 190 countries have accepted the underlying scientific evidence and have formally committed to take action (UNFCCC, 2007). The challenge is of global magnitude, and organizations, governments, and societies are challenged to dramatically change current polluting practices (Porter and Reinhardt, 2007).

Green information systems is a research domain within the IS field that investigates how information systems might support the design and implementation of sustainable practices (Watson, Boudreau, and Chen, 2010; Elliot 2011). It offers the promise for IS scholars to make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the effects of global climate change and other environmental problems (vom Brocke, Watson, Dwyer, Elliot, & Melville 2013 ). While information systems have been a key contributor to productivity gains and associated environmental degredation over the past decades (Watson, Boudreau, and Chen, 2010), they also provide great opportunity to solve the environmental problem as they afford sustainable practices in many ways (Seidel, Recker, vom Brocke 2013).


We invite contributions using a variety of methodologies that have the potential to be of high practical relevance. We welcome innovative designs of solutions to environmental problems as well as theoretical contributions that extend our knowledge on how information systems can help reduce environmental degradation. Potential topics include but are note limited to:

  • Information systems design supporting sustainable practicing
  • Information systems for raising environmental awareness
  • Motivations for greening within organizations
  • Adoption of sustainable practices
  • Information Systems for lower carbon emissions
  • Sustainable everyday life practices with help of information systems
  • Information systems for the encouragement of green choices by consumers
  • Smart cities, smart objects, internet of things, and sensor networks
  • Green IS Strategy formulation
  • Sustainablity awareness campaigning
  • Green IS benefits evalaution
  • Design of sustainable business processes and value chains


Reviewers drawn from the SIGGreen community.

  • Pamela Abbott, Brunel University
  • Ron Babin, Ryerson University
  • Marie Claude Boudreau, University of Georgia
  • Vanessa Cooper, RMIT University
  • Edward Curry, NUI Galway
  • Brian Donnellan, National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • Gilbert Fridgen, University of Bayreuth
  • Helen Hasan, University of Wollongong
  • Johann Kranz, University of Goettingen
  • Satish Krishnan, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
  • Peter Loos, Saarland University
  • Alemayehu Molla, RMIT University
  • Stephen Smith, Macquarie University
  • Stefan Seidel, University of Liechtenstein
  • Thorsten Staake, University of Bamberg
  • Matti Vartiainen, Aalto University
  • Savanid Vatanasakdakul, Macquarie University


  • Elliot, S. (2011). Transdisciplinary perspectives on environmental sustainability: a resource base and framework for IT-enabled business transformation, MIS Quarterly, (35)1, pp. 197-236.
  • Porter, M. E., and Reinhardt, F. L. (2007). Strategic Approach to Climate, Harvard Business Review, October, pp. 22-26
  • Seidel, S., Recker, J., & vom Brocke, J. (2013). Sensemaking and Sustainable Practicing: Functional Affordances of Information Systems in Green Transformations. MIS Quarterly, 37(4), 1275-1299.
  • Stern, N. (2007) The Economics of Climate Change, Cambridge University Press.
  • UNFCCC (2007), “Status of Ratification of the Convention,” Geneva: United Nations (
  • vom Brocke, J., Watson, R., Dwyer, C., Elliot, S., & Melville, N. (2013). Green Information Systems: Directives for the IS Discipline. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), 33(30), 509-520.
  • Watson, R. T., Boudreau, M.-C., and Chen, A. J. (2010). Information Systems and environmentally sustainable development: Energy Informatics and new directions for the IS community, MIS Quarterly, (34)1, pp. 23-38.


Papers can be submitted at any time. Please use the Easy Chair System.