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Special Issue "Information Systems for Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 3839

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Department of Management, Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
Interests: knowledge management; sustainable development; economics of information systems; electronic business; business process management; technology and digital innovation; cybersecurity; business analytics; social media; cloud computing; supply chain and logistics management
Kedge Business School, 13009 Marseille, France
Interests: knowledge management; international business; developing countries; csr; entrepreneurship; innovation; strategy; human resource management; organizational behavior
School of Management, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Interests: organizational innovation; digitalization and transformability; technology management on disruptive technologies; artificial intelligence (AI); fintech; service management in hospitality and tourism; business and management studies; global business
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Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration Department, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Homantin, Hong Kong SAR, China
Interests: international business strategy; innovation; entrepreneurship and digitalisation in emerging markets
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,  

The changing business environment has continuously raised concerns about our society’s sustainability, urging companies to re-evaluate the sources of their competitive advantage so as to not only sustain their own innovative abilities but focus more on the development and evolution of the whole society. For instance, recently, an agreement, the Glasgow Climate Pact, has been reached in OP26 summit to cut emissions by 2030.

Data, information, and knowledge are commonly considered some of the most important sources of sustained competitive advantages in organizations (Barney, 1991, 2001; Chatterjee et al., 2020; Gomes and Dahab, 2010; Loebbecke et al., 2016; Tallman et al., 2004; Shenkar, and Li, 1999). Information system (IS) tools and practices have been widely applied by organizations to improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of their specific functions and processes (Aydiner et al., 2019; Barua et al., 1995; Gorla et al., 2010; Theorin et al., 2017). In the last decade, emerging technologies, such as Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence, have dramatically updated the traditional information management landscape (Dwivedi et al., 2020; Hughes et al., 2019; Yan et al., 2021). However, very few studies have explored the implication of organizational IS initiatives in the context of the latest technological innovation and development from the sustainability perspective and how they can help organizations go green, such as to facilitate green innovation (Adams et al., 2016; Schiederig et al., 2012) and undertake environmental and social responsibility (Crane and Glozer, 2016; DesJardins et al., 1998; Diez-Cañamero et al., 2020; Lee et al., 2018).

Against this backdrop, this Special Issue aims to understand the adoption, development, implementation, and impact of IS initiatives in the sustainable development of organizations to fulfill the mission of sustainability in a broader context. The scope of the Special Issue includes IS theories, technologies, methodologies, policies, and strategies for jointly advancing corporate and societal sustainability and perspectives and practices of organizations that use  IS initiatives for sustainability purposes. It is open to theoretical, empirical, case-study, and other applicable methodologies.

The following list of potential topics is provided to stimulate ideas for manuscripts. Authors are not restricted to this list, but submissions must provide relevant insights framed by these research topics.

  • The implications of sustainability from IS perspectives;
  • The impact of sustainability on IS methods, processes, or practices;
  • The role of IS in realizing sustainable development/growth in organizations;
  • Models of sustainability integration in IS programs;
  • The emerging technologies and IS tools to facilitate sustainability;
  • IT-enabled sustainable management of knowledge assets;
  • Sustainable online social community;
  • Information technology for sustainable development;
  • Sustainable information infrastructure;
  • The role of IS in sustainability practices in developing countries.


Adams, R., Jeanrenaud, S., Bessant, J., Denyer, D., & Overy, P. (2016). Sustainability‐oriented innovation: A systematic review. International Journal of Management Reviews, 18(2), 180-205.

Aydiner, A. S., Tatoglu, E., Bayraktar, E., & Zaim, S. (2019). Information system capabilities and firm performance: Opening the black box through decision-making performance and business-process performance. International Journal of Information Management, 47, 168-182.

Barney, J. (1991). Firm resources and sustained competitive advantage. Journal of Management, 17(1), 99-120.

Barney, J. B. (2001). Resource-based theories of competitive advantage: A ten-year retrospective on the resource-based view. Journal of Management, 27(6), 643-650.

Barua, A., Kriebel, C. H., & Mukhopadhyay, T. (1995). Information technologies and business value: An analytic and empirical investigation. Information Systems Research, 6(1), 3-23.

Chatterjee, S., Moody, G., Lowry, P. B., Chakraborty, S., & Hardin, A. (2020). Information Technology and organizational innovation: Harmonious information technology affordance and courage-based actualization. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 29(1), 101596.

Crane, A., & Glozer, S. (2016). Researching corporate social responsibility communication: Themes, opportunities and challenges. Journal of Management Studies, 53(7), 1223-1252.

DesJardins, J. (1998). Corporate environmental responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, 17(8), 825-838.

Diez-Cañamero, B., Bishara, T., Otegi-Olaso, J. R., Minguez, R., & Fernández, J. M. (2020). Measurement of corporate social responsibility: A review of corporate sustainability indexes, rankings and ratings. Sustainability, 12(5), 2153.

Dwivedi, Y. K., Hughes, D. L., Coombs, C., Constantiou, I., Duan, Y., Edwards, J. S., ... & Upadhyay, N. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on information management research and practice: Transforming education, work and life. International Journal of Information Management, 55, 102211.

Gomes, P. J., & Dahab, S. (2010). Bundling resources across supply chain dyads: The role of modularity and coordination capabilities. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 30 (1), 57-74.

Gorla, N., Somers, T. M., & Wong, B. (2010). Organizational impact of system quality, information quality, and service quality. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 19(3), 207-228.

Hughes, L., Dwivedi, Y. K., Misra, S. K., Rana, N. P., Raghavan, V., & Akella, V. (2019). Blockchain research, practice and policy: Applications, benefits, limitations, emerging research themes and research agenda. International Journal of Information Management, 49, 114-129.

Lee, J. W., Kim, Y. M., & Kim, Y. E. (2018). Antecedents of adopting corporate environmental responsibility and green practices. Journal of Business Ethics, 148(2), 397-409.

Loebbecke, C., Van Fenema, P. C., & Powell, P. (2016). Managing inter-organizational knowledge sharing. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 25(1), 4-14.

Tallman, S., Jenkins, M., Henry, N., & Pinch, S. (2004). Knowledge, clusters, and competitive advantage. Academy of Management Review, 29(2), 258-271.

Theorin, A., Bengtsson, K., Provost, J., Lieder, M., Johnsson, C., Lundholm, T., & Lennartson, B. (2017). An event-driven manufacturing information system architecture for Industry 4.0. International Journal of Production Research, 55(5), 1297-1311.

Schiederig, T., Tietze, F., & Herstatt, C. (2012). Green innovation in technology and innovation management–an exploratory literature review. R&d Management, 42(2), 180-192.

Shenkar, O., & Li, J. (1999). Knowledge search in international cooperative ventures. Organization Science, 10(2), 134-143.

Yan, M., Filieri, R., & Gorton, M. (2021). Continuance intention of online technologies: A systematic literature review. International Journal of Information Management, 58, 102315.

Dr. Zuopeng (Justin) Zhang
Prof. Dr. Sajjad Jasimuddin
Dr. Yulong (David) Liu
Dr. Leven Jianwen Zheng
Guest Editors

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  • information systems
  • sustainable development
  • emerging technologies
  • social media
  • knowledge management
  • developing countries

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Factors Influencing Public Trust in Open Government Data
Sustainability 2022, 14(15), 9765; - 08 Aug 2022
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Open government data (OGD) involves exposing government data to the public, guided by the values of clarity, accountability, honesty, and integrity. This study investigates the impact of the perceived quality of data, systems, and services on citizens’ trust in OGD, with the information [...] Read more.
Open government data (OGD) involves exposing government data to the public, guided by the values of clarity, accountability, honesty, and integrity. This study investigates the impact of the perceived quality of data, systems, and services on citizens’ trust in OGD, with the information systems success model as the theoretical framework. A questionnaire was delivered electronically to reach OGD users around the world. A total of 358 complete responses were obtained, representing 63.58% of all responses. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the hypothesized relationships between constructs based on users’ responses. The findings confirm the impact of data, system, and service quality on citizens’ perceived trust in OGD. Moreover, perceived system and service quality had a positive impact on perceived data quality, and perceived service quality had a positive effect on perceived system quality. These findings indicate that OGD service quality affects data and system quality, making it the most fundamental motivator of citizens’ trust in OGD. This highlights the role of open government platforms in developing public services and providing users with complete and correct data, feedback tools, and data visualization. Full article
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Open Government Data in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: An Analysis of Progress
Sustainability 2022, 14(12), 7200; - 12 Jun 2022
Cited by 4 | Viewed by 1395
Open government data (OGD) has been introduced relatively recently in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC Countries). However, progress has been significantly less than either hoped for or expected. The purpose of this research is to explore the reasons for this lack of progress. [...] Read more.
Open government data (OGD) has been introduced relatively recently in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC Countries). However, progress has been significantly less than either hoped for or expected. The purpose of this research is to explore the reasons for this lack of progress. To do so, the attitudes and views of a range of senior government department (OGD-related) personnel were sought, using semi-structured interviews, and the results examined using thematic analysis. Unlike existing studies, which focus on external barriers to progress, this study focuses on internal factors which can result in a lack of progress to implementation, such as leadership attitudes, organisational culture and fear of failure. The findings show that considerable changes are required at both an ideological and practical level, if the gap between expectation and reality is to be closed. The paper concludes with recommendations of specific actions that can be taken to close this gap and the identification of areas where further study would be useful. Full article
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