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Vainionpää, Fanny and Kinnula, Marianne, "It’s a Big Question – Researchers’ Discourses on Sustainable Technology Development and Use" (2022). ECIS 2022 Research Papers. 4.

It’s a big question : researchers’ discourses on sustainable technology development and use

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Author: Vainionpää, Fanny1; Kinnula, Marianne1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-08-02


Sustainability is a major theme in today’s discourses across disciplines, including Information Systems (IS). Creating a more sustainable world is considered an interdisciplinary effort and IS an inherently interdisciplinary field. Working with complex problems benefits from deeper disciplinary understanding than can be obtained by researchers operating within one field. We interviewed 30 researchers from different fields on sustainable technology development and use, analysing their discourses and reflecting those with the Quintuple Helix Innovation Model that aims for sustainable development of innovations. Our findings show power is woven into sustainability: education can empower us to make sustainable choices, politicians must be vigilant of developments in the industry to protect us as companies follow business interests, and we must all be conscious of the impact technology can have on us and our environments. We contribute with insights on the role of researchers in these discourses, and propose an IS research agenda.

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ISBN: 978-1-958200-02-5
Pages: 1 - 18
Host publication: ECIS 2022 Proceedings
Conference: European Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research is connected to the GenZ project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu. The project is supported by the Academy of Finland (grant agreement No. 318930, Profi4) and the University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318930
Detailed Information: 318930 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Authors 2022.