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Crossing Boundaries for Institutional Sustainability

Helen Hasan
University of Wollongong, Australia


Abstract
Being multidisciplinary is an essential element of the field of IS and working across boundaries is what we have always done so we are well placed to lead and enable sustainability programs. Unfortunately most of institutions are structured in ways that limit our ability to cooperate across departmental and other boundaries. We notice this when we try to develop multi-disciplinary courses on sustainability, to set up climate-change research teams across schools and faculties or to involve both administrative and academic/teaching staff on environmental projects. We can truly make a different not only if we set an example by supporting programs to create decent sustainable workplaces in our institutions but also if we promote sustainability through what we teach and what we research. However to do this we must create mechanisms that allow us to cooperate across the traditional workplace silos. In this short paper I describe some aspects of the challenges and some of activities happening in our University in this regard.

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Reference:Hasan, H. (2011). "Crossing Boundaries for Institutional Sustainability," Proceedings > Proceedings of SIGGreen Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(14). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/11-14
Keywords:Crossing Boundaries, Triple bottom line, Insitutions
Item Type:Article - Volume 11 Article 14 (2011)
Language:English
Email: Helen Hasan (hasan@uow.edu.au)

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