Chapter 7

Information Technology and Management Information Systems

Technology holds increasing promise in helping organizations become more efficient and environmentally friendly. In addition, sustainability requires transparency of social, environmental, and economic impacts (in an effort to prevent or expose illegal or unethical practices while increasing trust), and this transparency requires access to information. These needs put information professionals in a central position to help further the company’s sustainability goals, either through technology or through management of information.

Information Technology

According to a recent study,1 the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of the U.S. information technology (IT) industry already exceed ...

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