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Studying Green Information Systems as Practice

Mohamad Taha Ijab
RMIT University, Australia


Abstract
In the last few decades, IS and IT have changed human behavior profoundly and therefore can be seen as having the potential to support the shift to a sustainable society. As a result, the role and contribution of IS in eco-sustainability has become the concern of many IS researchers. We posit that the Greenness of IS can be seen in the practice of inscribing, appropriating, and enacting Green intentions and goals, together referred to as Green values in IS. Thus we argue that Green IS can be studied from the practice perspective drawing from the Theory of Practice (Bourdieu, 1977). A practice perspective provides powerful and relevant constructs such as habitus, capital, field, strategy, symbolic power and doxa to understand both the causes and outcomes of Green IS. Armed with these constructs (which can be employed in trio (habitus, capital and field) or in piecemeal), IS researchers can pursue rich and diverse Green IS research agenda. The paper discusses several research directions that IS researchers could take in using the constructs offered by the Theory of Practice.

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Reference:Ijab, M.T. (2011). "Studying Green Information Systems as Practice," Proceedings > Proceedings of SIGGreen Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(16). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/11-16
Keywords:Green IS, theory of practice, Bourdieu
Item Type:Article - Volume 11 Article 16 (2011)
Language:English
Email: Mohamad Taha Ijab (mohamadtaha.ijab@rmit.edu.au)

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