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Difficulties being green? Investigating Green IT in IT consultant companies

Hellmo, Lina and Ferizi, Liridona (2009)
Department of Informatics
Abstract
This study focuses on the topic of Green IT in the IT consultant industry. Green IT is currently a hot topic but while awareness and established policies has increased in the last years, studies show that few companies are actually following their procedures or have goals or ways of measuring the effects of their green initiatives. The research area of Green IT is limited in terms of empirically founded literature focusing on being green within specific industries, such as consultant companies. This study is a further contribution to this area. We investigated the reasons for poor enforcement and evaluation of Green IT initiatives and measured the maturity of the concept within the organisations using a Green IT Capability Maturity Model.... (More)
This study focuses on the topic of Green IT in the IT consultant industry. Green IT is currently a hot topic but while awareness and established policies has increased in the last years, studies show that few companies are actually following their procedures or have goals or ways of measuring the effects of their green initiatives. The research area of Green IT is limited in terms of empirically founded literature focusing on being green within specific industries, such as consultant companies. This study is a further contribution to this area. We investigated the reasons for poor enforcement and evaluation of Green IT initiatives and measured the maturity of the concept within the organisations using a Green IT Capability Maturity Model. The study used a qualitative approach including in-depth interviews with seven IT consultant companies in Sweden. Results indicated that poor enforcement and evaluation could be explained to some extent by difficulties such as measurement, lack of proper technology and Green IT projects wrongfully placed within the organisations. Other common reasons were the financial crisis and Green IT being such a recent phenomenon. The results also show an average maturity across levels in the Green IT Capability Maturity Model of 71, 4 percent. (Less)
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author
Hellmo, Lina and Ferizi, Liridona
supervisor
organization
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type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Green IT, Green IT index, Capability Maturity Model, Consultant industry, Informatics, systems theory, Informatik, systemteori
language
English
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1393452
date added to LUP
2009-04-15 00:00:00
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2010-08-03 10:52:15
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  abstract     = {This study focuses on the topic of Green IT in the IT consultant industry. Green IT is currently a hot topic but while awareness and established policies has increased in the last years, studies show that few companies are actually following their procedures or have goals or ways of measuring the effects of their green initiatives. The research area of Green IT is limited in terms of empirically founded literature focusing on being green within specific industries, such as consultant companies. This study is a further contribution to this area. We investigated the reasons for poor enforcement and evaluation of Green IT initiatives and measured the maturity of the concept within the organisations using a Green IT Capability Maturity Model. The study used a qualitative approach including in-depth interviews with seven IT consultant companies in Sweden. Results indicated that poor enforcement and evaluation could be explained to some extent by difficulties such as measurement, lack of proper technology and Green IT projects wrongfully placed within the organisations. Other common reasons were the financial crisis and Green IT being such a recent phenomenon. The results also show an average maturity across levels in the Green IT Capability Maturity Model of 71, 4 percent.},
  author       = {Hellmo, Lina and Ferizi, Liridona},
  keyword      = {Green IT,Green IT index,Capability Maturity Model,Consultant industry,Informatics, systems theory,Informatik, systemteori},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Difficulties being green? Investigating Green IT in IT consultant companies},
  year         = {2009},
}