The role of information systems in environmental sustainability transformations

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, February 2013 until May 2016 (finished)


Hilti Chair of Business Process Management

Main Research

Business Process Management

Field of Research

Process Management


Environmental sustainability is one of most important challenges of the 21st century and can be defined as "behavior impacting on the natural environment that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future stakeholders to meet their own needs". To that end, fundamental changes in the behavior at the individual, organizational, and societal levels are needed. Information systems (IS) have been identified as a key resource in order to influence human behavior and the beliefs about the natural environment. While environmental sustainability has been on the agenda of researchers from different disciplines for the past decades, only few studies exist that investigate the influence of information systems on environmental sustainability. Therefore, this study aims to investigate how information systems can contribute to sustainability transformations.

Reference to Liechtenstein

Information systems are a key resource in organizational sustainability transformations. Sustainability is a topic of high relevance for the regional industry, so Liechtenstein companies will benefit from the university's expertise on the action possibilities that information systems create to support such transformation.


Green IS, Environmental Sustainability, Functional affordance