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Title: Exploring the role of IT for environmental sustainability in China: An Political-Economic Framework
Authors: Cai, Shun
Chen, Xi
Bose, Indranil
Keywords: Energy sustainability
Environmental sustainability
Green IT
IT for green
Political�economic framework
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: AR-IIMC
International Journal of Production Economics
Series/Report no.: 146(2)
Abstract: Recently, the role of information technology (IT) for energy and environmental sustainability hasreceived wide attention from both academics and practitioners because IT plays a crucial role in theenergy consumption and environmental related issues. This study explores the role of IT for energy andenvironmental sustainability in China by proposing a research model based on the political�economicframework. Drawing upon the stakeholder theory, we identify public concerns and regulatory forces askey political factors, and cost reduction and differentiation as key economic factors that affect theadoption of green IT and IT for green. The survey method is employed to test our model and hypothesesand PLS is chosen for data analysis. Our results reveal that economic factors, including cost reductionand differentiation are critical in influencing Chinese companies to adopt IT for environmentalsustainability strategy. Our research suggests that the role of IT for environmental sustainability maygo beyond cost reduction and contribute to competitive advantage for the firms. With the proper use ofIT and IT related systems and equipments, a firm can improve its competitiveness while continuing tobe environmentally friendly.
Description: Shun Cai, Department of Management Science, School of Management, Xiamen University, 422 South Siming Road, Xiamen 361005, China; Xi Chen, Department of Management Science and Engineering, School of Management, Zhejiang University, China; Indranil Bose, Department of Management Information Systems, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata
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