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Bengtsson, Fredrik
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Bengtsson, F. & Ågerfalk, P. J. (2016). Sustaining Sustainability: Investigating the Long-Term Effects of a Sustainability Initiative. In: Lundh Snis, Ulrika (Ed.), Nordic Contributions in IS Research: 7th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2016 and IFIP8.6 2016, Ljungskile, Sweden, August 7-10, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 86-99). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustaining Sustainability: Investigating the Long-Term Effects of a Sustainability Initiative
2016 (English)In: Nordic Contributions in IS Research: 7th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2016 and IFIP8.6 2016, Ljungskile, Sweden, August 7-10, 2016, Proceedings / [ed] Lundh Snis, Ulrika, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing , 2016, 86-99 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates to what extent holistic sustainability values persist when a sustainability innovation initiative is transformed to standard mode of operation in a Swedish municipality through the lens of actor-network theory. The focus is on the effect of change in sustainability routines, inscribed in IT systems, when governance shifts from a dedicated initiative management to regular management. This longitudinal study shows that information systems can play a central role to enrol stakeholders in sustainable practices, but that sustainability outcomes are closely related to the view of sustainability inscribed in routines and supportive IT systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016
Series
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348 ; 259
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317871 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-43597-8_7 (DOI)000397968600007 ()9783319435961 (ISBN)9783319435978 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-03-21 Created: 2017-03-21 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved
Iveroth, E. & Bengtsson, F. (2014). Changing Behavior Towards Sustainable Practices Using Information Technology. Journal of Environmental Management, 139, 59-68.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 139, 59-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the question of how to change individuals’ behavior towards more sustainable practices using Information Technology (IT). By following a multidisciplinary and socio-technical perspective, this inquiry is answered by applying a new framework—The Commonality Framework for IT-enabled Change—on a case study of sustainable behavioral change. The framework is grounded in practice theory and is used to analyze the implementation of an IT-system aimed at changing citizens’ behavior towards more sustainable transport logistics and procurement in Uppsala, Sweden. The article applies case study research design and the empirical data consists of surveys, in-depth and semi-structured interviews, observations and archival documents. The results show how the change towards sustainable practices is an entanglement of both social and technical-structural elements across time. In this process, structures such as IT are the enablers, and the actors and their social activities are the tipping-point factors that ultimately determine the success of changing individuals’ behavior towards a more sustainable direction. This article provides a more balanced view of how both actor and structure related properties interact during the on-going work with change towards greater sustainability practices than earlier research has offered. More specifically, the article offers both a lower-level theory and a method from which we can analyze change processes where technology is seen in its context, and where both technology and the human actor is brought forth to center stage.

Keyword
behavior change, technology based change, sociotechnical perspective, practice theory
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219324 (URN)10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.11.054 (DOI)000337867200007 ()
Available from: 2014-02-26 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, F. & Eriksson Lundström, J. (2013). ANT-Maps: Visualising Perspectives of Business and Information Systems. In: ICIS 2013 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS); Milan, Italy; 15-18 December 2013. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>ANT-Maps: Visualising Perspectives of Business and Information Systems
2013 (English)In: ICIS 2013 Proceedings, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the IS-literature, graphical representations often accompany Actor Network Theory (ANT) analyses of IS-initiatives, serving as tools for improving visibility of the case and interest and power of actors. Building on a comprehensive literature survey, we identify a gap in existing visualisation approaches, as these mainly focus on offering visual support of the case. We present a visualisation approach and a generic, precise and well defined notation that is directly mapped to key concepts of ANT, highlighting the process of translating actors to commit to the implementation initiative. The approach is illustrated by an actor-network analysis of a particular IS-initiative in a Swedish media house.

Keyword
Actor-network theory, Information system research, Visualization
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-215753 (URN)
Conference
34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS); Milan, Italy; 15-18 December 2013
Available from: 2014-01-16 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2014-01-17Bibliographically approved
Bengtsson, F. & Ågerfalk, P. (2011). Information technology as a change actant in sustainability innovation: Insights from Uppsala. Journal of strategic information systems, 20(1), 96-112.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Information technology as a change actant in sustainability innovation: Insights from Uppsala
2011 (English)In: Journal of strategic information systems, ISSN 0963-8687, E-ISSN 1873-1198, Vol. 20, no 1, 96-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the effects of a sustainability initiative in a Swedish municipality viewed through the lens of actor network theory. The focus is on the consequences of committing to the implementation of a reporting and analysis system for IT-supported sustainability. This commitment involves several actor networks, both internal and external to the municipality. The study shows that, to implement successfully a sustainability initiative, a thorough understanding of organizational routines and standards is required to enrol the affected stakeholders. Information systems can play a central role as tools for improving sustainability indicators and routines, thereby constituting important change actants.

Keyword
Sustainability information system, Green IT, Actor network theory, Action research, Case study, Literature review
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145714 (URN)10.1016/j.jsis.2010.09.007 (DOI)000289700500008 ()
Available from: 2011-02-11 Created: 2011-02-10 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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