Towards Sustainable IT by Teaching Governance Practices for Inter-Organizational Dependencies

  • Carl Stolze
  • Matthias Boehm
  • Novica Zarvić
  • Oliver Thomas
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 366)


The issue of sustainability has been among the top concerns of IT practitioners for some time now. Although sustainability of and through IT can only be reached if all stakeholders work together, current teaching and on-the-job training approaches do not provide the required understanding of how to govern the cooperation. Furthermore, there is a general gap between IS academia and practice regarding skill teaching, stakeholder informing and contributions towards sustainable business practices. In this paper, we adopt a design science research methodology to develop and evaluate a first approach to close this threefold gap.


Governance Sustainability Green IT Alignment Teaching Inter-Organizational Dependencies Information Technology 


  1. Adams, S.M., Zanzi, A.: Academic development for careers in management consulting. Career Development International 9(6), 559–577 (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bachmann, R., van Witteloostuijn, A.: Analyzing Inter-Organizational Relationships in the Context of Their Business Systems. European Societies 11(1), 49–76 (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Beard, C., McPherson, M.: Design and Use of Group-based Training Methods. In: Wilson, J.P. (ed.) Human Resource Development: Learning & Training for Individuals & Organizations, pp. 285–306. Sterling, London (1996)Google Scholar
  4. Becker, J., Pöppelbuß, J., Stolze, C., Cyrus, A.: Developing a Framework for IT Governance in the Post-Merger Integration Phase. In: Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2009), Verona, Italy, pp. 3137–3149 (2009)Google Scholar
  5. Brooks, S., Wang, X., Sarker, S.: Unpacking Green IT: A Review of the Existing Literature. In: Proceedings of AMCIS 2010, Paper 398 (2010)Google Scholar
  6. Camarinha-Matos, L.: Collaborative Networks in Industry - Trends and Foundations. In: Cunha, P., Maropoulos, P. (eds.) Digital Enterprise Technology - Perspectives and Future Challenges, pp. 45–56. Springer, New York (2007)Google Scholar
  7. Carlsson, S.A., Henningsson, S., Hrastinski, S., Keller, C.: Socio-technical IS design science research: developing design theory for IS integration management. Information Systems and e-Business Management 9(1), 109–131 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Chi, L., Holsapple, C.W.: Understanding computer-mediated interorganizational collaboration - a model and framework. Journal of knowledge Management 9(1), 53–75 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. De Haes, S., van Grembergen, W.: IT Governance and Its Mechanisms. Information Systems Control Journal (1) (2004)Google Scholar
  10. Dekker, H.: Control of inter-organizational relationships: evidence on appropriation concerns and coordination requirements. Accounting, Organizations and Society 29(1), 27–49 (2004)CrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  11. Downey, J.P., McMurtrey, M.E., Zeltmann, S.M.: Mapping the MIS Curriculum Based on Critical Skills of New Graduates: An Empirical Examination of IT Professionals. Journal of Information Systems Education (19) (2008) Google Scholar
  12. Ehrenfeld, J.: Designing ’Sustainable’ Product/Service Systems. In: Proceedings of International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, December 11-15. IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos (2001)Google Scholar
  13. El-Gayer, O., Fritz, B.D.: Environmental Management Information Systems for Sustainable Development - A Conceptual Overview. Communications of the AIS (17), article 34 (2006) Google Scholar
  14. Eschenbächer, J., Zarvić, N., Thomas, O., Thoben, K.-D.: Measuring and Evaluating Communication Intensities in Collaborative Networks. In: Camarinha-Matos, L.M., Boucher, X., Afsarmanesh, H. (eds.) PRO-VE 2010. IFIP AICT, vol. 336, pp. 527–536. Springer, Heidelberg (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Farhoomand, A.: Managing (e)business transformation: a global perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke (2005)Google Scholar
  16. Fitzgerald, W.: Training Versus Development. Training & Development 46(5), 81–84 (1992)Google Scholar
  17. Gallagher, K.P., Kaiser, K.M., Simon, J.C., Beath, C.M., Goles, T.: The Requisite Variety of Skills for IT Professionals. Communications of the ACM 53(6), 144–148 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Gartner Inc. Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2010 (2009), (retrieved 2010-08-07)
  19. Gill, G., Bhattacherjee, A.: Whom Are We Informing? Issues and Recommendations for MIS Research from an Informing Sciences Perspective. MIS Quarterly 33(2), 217–235 (2009)Google Scholar
  20. Gorman, M.F.: A Case Study in Effectively Bridging the Business Skills Gap for the Information Technology Professional. Journal of Education for Business 86(1), 17–24 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Hackney, R., McMaster, T., Harris, A.: Using Cases As A Teaching Tool In IS Education. Journal of Information Systems Education 14(3), 229–234 (2003)Google Scholar
  22. Hedström, K.: The Socio-Political Construction of CareSys. In: Daamsgard, J., Henriksen, H.Z. (eds.) Networked Information Technologies - Diffusion and Adoption, pp. 1–18. Kluwer Academic Publishers, New York (2003)Google Scholar
  23. Henderson, J.C., Venkatraman, N.: Strategic Alignment: Leveraging Information Technology for Transforming Organisations. IBM Systems Journal 32(1), 272–284 (1993)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Heriksen, H.Z., Kautz, K.: An Analysis of IFIP TC 8 WG 8.6. In: Avison, D., Elliot, S., Krogstie, J., Pries-Heje, J. (eds.) The Past and Future of Information Systems: 1976-2006 and Beyond, Santiago, Chile, August 21-23. IFIP 19th World Computer Congress, TC-8, Information System Stream, pp. 143–152. Springer, Boston (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Hevner, A.R.: The Three Cycle View of Design Science Research. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems 19(2), 87–92 (2007)Google Scholar
  26. Hevner, A.R., March, S.T., Park, J., Ram, S.: Design Science in Information Systems Research. MIS Quarterly 28(1), 75–105 (2004)Google Scholar
  27. Hovorka, D.S.: Incommensurability and Multi-paradigm Grounding in Design Science Research: Implications for Creating Knowledge. In: Pries-Heje, J., Venable, J., Bunker, D., Russo, N.L., DeGross, J.I. (eds.) IFIP WG. IFIP AICT, vol. 318, pp. 13–27. Springer, Heidelberg (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. IT Governance Institute 2010, Board Briefing on IT Governance, 2nd edn. (2010),
  29. Jenkin, T., Webster, J., McShane, L.: An agenda for “Green” information technology and systems research. Information and Organization 21(1), 17–40 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Kanter, R.: Collaborative advantage - The art of alliances. Harvard Business Review 72(4), 96–108 (1994)Google Scholar
  31. Kim, Y., Hsu, J., Stern, M.: An Update on the IS / IT Skills Gap. Journal of Information Systems Education 17(4), 395–403 (2006)Google Scholar
  32. Kuechler, W., Vaishnavi, V.: The emergence of design research in information systems in North America. Journal of Design Research 7(1), 1–16 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Kumar, K., van Dissel, H.G.: Sustainable collaboration - managing conflict and cooperation in interorganizational systems. MIS Quarterly 20(3), 297–300 (1996)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. LaFrance, G.: Bridging the IT Skills Gap Through Industry and Academic Collaboration. Employment Relations Today 36(4), 25–30 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Lee, S., Koh, S., Yen, D., Tang, H.-L.: Perception gaps between IS academics and IS practitioners: an exploratory study. Information & Management 40(1), 51–61 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  36. Luftman, J.: Key Issues for IT Executives 2004. MIS Quarterly Executive 4(2), 269–285 (2005)Google Scholar
  37. Luftman, J.N., Ben-Zvi, T.: Key Issues for IT Executives 2010: Judicious IT Investments Continue Post-Recession. MIS Quarterly Executive 9(4) (2010)Google Scholar
  38. Magnusson, J.: Professional Analysts and the Ongoing Construction of IT Governance. International Journal of IT/Business Alignment and Governance 1(2), 1–12 (2010)Google Scholar
  39. Malone, T.W., Crowston, K.: The interdisciplinary study of coordination. ACM Computing Surveys 26(1), 87–119 (1994)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  40. Mathiassen, L.: Collaborative practice research. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems 14(1), 57–73 (2002)Google Scholar
  41. McBrayne, C.: ’Green IT’ - the next burning issue for business. IBM Global Technology Services, London (2007)Google Scholar
  42. Melville, N.P.: Information Systems Innovation for Environmental Sustainability. MIS Quarterly 34(1), 1–21 (2010)MathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  43. Mohe, M.: What Do Consulting Firms Expect from Graduates and Universities? Empirical Insights from the German Consulting Market. In: Deelmann, T., Mohe, M. (eds.) Selection and Evaluation of Consultants, pp. 53–68. Rainer Hampp, Munich (2006)Google Scholar
  44. Nguyen, T.N., Truong, Q., Buyens, D.: The Relationship between Training and Firm Performance: A Literature Review. Research & Practice in Human Resource Management 18(1), 36–45 (2010)Google Scholar
  45. Offermann, P., Levina, O., Schönnherr, M., Bub, U.: Outline of a design science research process. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST), pp. 1–11. ACM, Philadelphia (2009)Google Scholar
  46. Osorio, J., Bulchand, J.: Moving towards 2020: A Tentative Approach to ITEM. In: Tatnall, A., Kereteletswe, O.C., Visscher, A. (eds.) ITEM 2010. IFIP AICT, vol. 348, pp. 104–112. Springer, Heidelberg (2011)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  47. Paul, D., Yeates, D., Cadle, J.: Business Analysis, 2nd edn. British Informatics Society Limited, Chippenham (2010)Google Scholar
  48. Plice, R., Reinig, B.: Leveraging Alumni and Business Community Relations to Assess the Information Systems Curriculum. Journal of Education for Business 84(3), 142–150 (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. Pratt, J.A., Hauser, K., Ross, S.C.: IS Staffing During a Recession: Comparing Student and IS Recruiter Perceptions. Journal of Information Systems Education 21(1), 69–85 (2010)Google Scholar
  50. Santana Tapia, R.: Assessing business-IT alignment in networked organizations, Ph.D., University of Twente (2009)Google Scholar
  51. Sarkar, P., Young, L.: Managerial Attitudes Towards Green IT: An Explorative Study of Policy Drivers. In: Proceedings of PACIS 2009, Paper 95 (2009) Google Scholar
  52. Schambach, T., Blanton, J.E.: The professional development challenge for IT professionals. Communications of the ACM 45(4), 83–87 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  53. Schmidt, N.-H., Erek, K., Kolbe, L. M., Zarnekow, R.: Predictors of Green IT Adoption: Implications from an Empirical Investigation. In: Proceedings of AMCIS 2010, Paper 367 (2010) Google Scholar
  54. Simonsson, M., Johnson, P.: Defining IT governance – a consolidation of literature. Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - EARP Working paper MS103, Stockholm, Sweden (2006) Google Scholar
  55. Smid, G.: Consultants’ Learning within Academia: Five devices for the design of university-based learning opportunities for management consultants. Studies in Continuing Education 23(1), 55–70 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  56. Smith, H.A., McKeen, J.D.: IT in 2010: The next frontier. MIS Quarterly 5(3), 125–136 (2006)Google Scholar
  57. Thompson, J.: Organizations in action. McGraw-Hill, New York (1962)Google Scholar
  58. Tiwana, A., Konsynski, B.: Complementarities Between Organizational IT Architecture and Governance Structure. Information Systems Research 21(2), 288–304 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  59. Topi, H., Valacich, J.S., Wright, R.T., Kaiser, K.M., Nunamaker Jr., J.F., Sipior, J.C., de Vreede, G.J.: IS 2010 - Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems. In: Association for Computing Machinery and Association for Information Systems (2010)Google Scholar
  60. Van Grembergen, W.: From IT Governance to Enterprise Governance of IT: A Journey for Creating Business Value Out of IT. In: Cellary, W., Estevez, E. (eds.) Software Services for e-World. IFIP AICT, vol. 341, p. 3. Springer, Heidelberg (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  61. Vykoukal, J., Wolf, M., Beck, R.: Does Green IT Matter? Analysis of the Relationship between Green IT and Grid Technology from a Resource-Based View Perspective. In: Proceedings of PACIS 2009, Paper 51 (2009) Google Scholar
  62. Watson, R.T.: Information Systems and environmentally sustainable development: energy informatics and new directions for the IS community. MIS Quarterly 34(1), 23–38 (2010)Google Scholar
  63. Weill, P., Ross, J.W.: IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results. Harvard Business School Press, Boston (2004)Google Scholar
  64. Wieringa, R., van Eck, P., Steghuis, C., Proper, E.: Competences of IT Architects, 2nd edn., Netherlands Architecture Forum for the Digital World (2009)Google Scholar
  65. Wilson, C., Guzdial, M.: How to make progress in computing education. Communications of the ACM 53(5), 35–37 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  66. Wingreen, S.C., Lerouge, C., Blanton, J.E.: Structuring Training for IT Professionals and the Firm: An Application of the Q- Methodology. International Journal of Global Management Studies 1(1), 53–67 (2009)Google Scholar
  67. Woodruff, A., Mankoff, J.: Environmental Sustainability. IEEE Pervasive Computing 8(1), 18–21 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  68. Zarvić, N., Fellmann, M., Thomas, O.: Towards Dependency-based Alignment for Collaborative Businesses. In: Klink, S., et al. (eds.) Proceedings of EMISA 2010, GI edn., pp. 53–67. Gesellschaft für Informatik, Karlsruhe (2010a)Google Scholar
  69. Zarvić, N., Seifert, M., Thoben, K.-D.: A task-resource dependency perspective on partner selection during the formation of networked business constellations. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations (IJNVO) 7(5), 399–414 (2010b)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Stolze
  • Matthias Boehm
  • Novica Zarvić
  • Oliver Thomas

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations