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Changing Behavior Towards Sustainable Practices Using Information Technology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
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.

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2014. Vol. 139, 59-68 p.
Keyword [en]
behavior change, technology based change, sociotechnical perspective, practice theory
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219324DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.11.054ISI: 000337867200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219324DiVA: diva2:699203
Available from: 2014-02-26 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2014-08-06Bibliographically approved

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