Special Issue "ICT Adoption for Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Ewa Ziemba
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Informatics and International Accounting, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland
Interests: information systems; sustainable information society; ICT for development; e business; e-government; prosumption; consumer innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the development of a Special Issue, “ICT Adoption for Sustainability”. This Special Issue of Sustainability aims to attract world-leading research on how households, companies, and governments adopt information and communication technologies (ICT) for improving various kinds of sustainability, i.e., ecological, economic, social, cultural, and political. Specifically, the Special Issue is addressed to scholars from social sciences, business and management research, finance and economics research, public health, corporate social responsibility and organizational studies who are willing to combine strong theoretical underpinnings and world-class empirical evidence.

Recently, ICT adoption has increasingly been recognized as crucial for growth, human progress and well-being, along with sustainable development (Hilty and Aebischer, 2015; Miller and Atkinson, 2014; Richmond and Triplett, 2018). World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum emphasizes the role of ICT adoption in sustainability, with due regard to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ITU, 2017, 2018). The concept of sustainable information society has been explored in the global literature for several years (Berleur et al. 2010; Fuchs, 2009, 2017; Hilty and Aebischer, 2015; Hilty and Hercheui 2010; Ziemba, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) as a new phase of information society development in which ICT are becoming key enablers of sustainability. However, some studies assess the relation between ICT adoption and sustainability as ambivalent (Grunwald, 2017). ICT adoption can pose a threat of information and digital exclusion, new social divisions and social stratification, economic diversification, loss of privacy, information and computer crimes (Echeverri and Abels, 2008; Ferro et al., 2010; Tomczyk, 2017).

Because the relation between ICT adoption and sustainability is new, not fully researched, and evolving, there is a growing academic interest in how ICT could be adopted by various society stakeholders for achieving and improving various kinds of sustainability. With this in mind, this Special Issue focuses on studies that demonstrate how companies, governments, households, and other society stakeholders could adopt ICT and achieve ecological, economic, social, cultural, and political sustainability from this adoption.

This Special Issue calls for papers in, but not limited to, the areas listed below:

  • ICT adoption for creating, enabling, and encouraging sustainable production and consumption patterns
  • ICT adoption for sustainable management, sustainable business models, financial sustainability, sustainable marketing, sustainable decision making, and sustainable education
  • Conceptualizing the contribution of ICT adoption to sustainability
  • Case studies and patterns of ICT adoption by households, business, and governments for sustainability
  • Measurement of sustainability and relations between ICT adoption and sustainability
  • Conceptualizing, operationalizing, and verifying a model of sustainable information society
  • Synthetic indexes for measuring a sustainable information society
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches to digital sustainability
  • Decision support methods for modeling digital sustainability
  • Internet of things, blockchain, bog data, cloud computing, and smart technologies for sustainability
Prof. Ewa Ziemba
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • ICT adoption
  • sustainable information society
  • digital sustainability
  • sustainability by ICT

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Digital Piracy among Young Adults: The Role of Values and Time Perspectives
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9140; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169140 - 16 Aug 2021
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The aim of the research is to measure the extent of piracy among young adults and to relate this phenomenon to variables, such as values and time orientation. The research fits into the risk paradigm of cyber research. The research was carried out [...] Read more.
The aim of the research is to measure the extent of piracy among young adults and to relate this phenomenon to variables, such as values and time orientation. The research fits into the risk paradigm of cyber research. The research was carried out in Northern Cyprus, a country with a persistently high rate of digital piracy. The research involved 318 young adults (Mean Age: 20.9, SD: 2.47). The research process was conducted through the triangulation of three questionnaires: Piracy Risk Scale, Time Perspective Inventory, and the Values Scale. Based on the data collected, it was noted that piracy is not a rare phenomenon among young people (similar to other e-risks), and it is most common for files related to entertainment to be systematically downloaded. Digital piracy is linked to the level of digital competence, as well as hedonistic and fatalistic attitudes to time and values such as materialism and sense of honour. Despite technological developments maximising the legal circulation of cultural and other digital content, piracy has still not been completely eliminated. Full article
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The Role of Digital Technology Platforms in the Context of Changes in Consumption and Production Patterns
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8294; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158294 - 24 Jul 2021
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The article focuses on issues relating to achieving sustainable development by promoting new consumption and production patterns based, for example, on sharing resources and doing business exclusively in a digital environment. This topic is extremely important because sustainable development is a fundamental concept [...] Read more.
The article focuses on issues relating to achieving sustainable development by promoting new consumption and production patterns based, for example, on sharing resources and doing business exclusively in a digital environment. This topic is extremely important because sustainable development is a fundamental concept aimed at improving the functioning of the present and future generations. The main focus of the article is to show the role played by digital technology platforms within this concept, including in relation to consumption and production patterns. The article is based on two research methods—CATI (i.e., computer-aided telephone interviews) and regression analysis for CATREG quality variables. It has been established that digital technology platforms significantly influence the creation and development of modern business models and increase the quality and intensity of relations between various company stakeholders, which is the basis for promoting new consumption and production patterns—including those based on the sharing economy, subscription to various products and services or the functioning of virtual markets, enabling purchase and sale transactions. Full article
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The Adoption of Robotic Process Automation Technology to Ensure Business Processes during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 8020; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13148020 - 18 Jul 2021
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The study provides knowledge on the adoption of the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology during the COVID-19 pandemic in 110 Polish service companies. As this research was the first of its kind in Poland, the objectives of the CAWI survey were to identify [...] Read more.
The study provides knowledge on the adoption of the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology during the COVID-19 pandemic in 110 Polish service companies. As this research was the first of its kind in Poland, the objectives of the CAWI survey were to identify the technology features of the RPA technology and the related determinants and barriers influencing the adoption of the RPA as well as to determine correlations between them. Moreover, the statistical analyses involved considering whether there were differences in the evaluation of individual RPA technology features, mainly in terms of perceived usefulness, ease of use, security and functionality. The results of the study show that almost 60% of the respondents indicated that robotization tools allowed maintaining continuity of business processes during the pandemic. The highest rated were features related to usefulness of the RPA technology. Furthermore, the analysis pointed to the most frequently indicated barriers to technology implementation that were related to nonoptimized, nonstandardized and non-digitized processes with a large number of exceptions. The study contributes to scientific knowledge and has practical implications for process automation decision-makers concerned with the adoption of the Robotic Process Automation technology. The obtained results can help them to understand the potential drivers of and barriers to the adoption of software robots by enterprises and may be an important determinant for companies’ managers in the field of implementing such solutions. Full article
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Sustainable Approach in IT Project Management—Methodology Choice vs. Client Satisfaction
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1466; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031466 - 31 Jan 2021
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Major elaborations on sustainable development relating to the general economic sphere of various issue-related areas. Surprisingly little explicit guidance presenting this topic from the organizational side exists. To fill this gap, this paper attempts to propose and verify the concept of a sustainable [...] Read more.
Major elaborations on sustainable development relating to the general economic sphere of various issue-related areas. Surprisingly little explicit guidance presenting this topic from the organizational side exists. To fill this gap, this paper attempts to propose and verify the concept of a sustainable approach to IT project management by involving the client at the stage of choosing the project management methodology. The research scope constitute IT projects, the subject of which was the development of software commissioned by the organization. The study aims to assess how the internal perspective of sustainability in IT projects, manifested in the matching of IT project management methodology to the client, affects the overall client’s satisfaction with the IT project, its products, and results. In the study, 64 IT projects implemented in Polish SME organizations were analyzed throughout their life cycle. The study has proved that introducing and improving the internal perspective of sustainability in IT projects, by matching an IT project management methodology to the client type is one of the key factors determining the level of client satisfaction and thus the assessment of the project’s success. The evaluation was made using the Servperv method by developing a measurement instrument dedicated to the IT project management area. Researches can use the proposed approach and the Servperv measuring tool to carry out similar analyses with different sample groups across other countries. The software industry can find results valuable and useful with regard to the IT project management improvement. Full article
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Users’ Adoption of Sustainable Cloud Computing Solutions
Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9930; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239930 - 27 Nov 2020
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The paper is dedicated to factors influencing users’ adoption of sustainable cloud computing solutions. The article covers the important characteristics related to cloud computing. It also discusses how sustainable cloud computing is important for sustainability. The current state of their security and potential [...] Read more.
The paper is dedicated to factors influencing users’ adoption of sustainable cloud computing solutions. The article covers the important characteristics related to cloud computing. It also discusses how sustainable cloud computing is important for sustainability. The current state of their security and potential threats waiting for users is reviewed. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of perceived usefulness, security, availability, and satisfaction on users’ adoption of sustainable cloud computing solutions. The study tested and used the adapted Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) model in the context of cloud computing solutions. The partial least square method of structural equation modeling is employed to test the proposed research model. The study utilizes an online survey to obtain data from 252 cloud computing solutions users. The data set was analyzed using SmartPLS 3 software. Results showed that the best predictor of users’ perceived usefulness and system & service quality is perceived availability, followed by perceived security. Both perceived usefulness and system & service quality predict users’ attitude and intention to use of cloud computing solutions. The findings improve understanding regarding the adoption of cloud computing solutions, and this work is, therefore, of particular interest to the IT departments and cloud computing vendors. Full article
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IT Adoption and Sustainable Growth of Firms in Different Industries—Are the Benefits Still Expected?
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9689; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229689 - 20 Nov 2020
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This study uses data from the Korea business activity survey panel from 2008 to 2016 to examine the effects on the sustainable growth of firms that initially adopted Information Technology (IT) applications during 2010 to 2012 compared to those that did not. The [...] Read more.
This study uses data from the Korea business activity survey panel from 2008 to 2016 to examine the effects on the sustainable growth of firms that initially adopted Information Technology (IT) applications during 2010 to 2012 compared to those that did not. The effects are examined for four years after adoption and divided into areas such as sales, labor productivity, profitability, increases in male and female employment, wages, and exports. Because the effects of IT adoption are known to vary greatly depending on the industry, the manufacturing industry is divided into traditional, medium-tech, and hi-tech manufacturing, and the service industry is divided into the materials service and information service sectors; the effects on each sector are then observed. In addition, the propensity score matching methodology is used to overcome selection bias arising from a simple comparison between firms that began using IT and firms that did not. The results show that, although there was little impact on productivity, there were impacts on sales and employment and large differences were found between the industrial sectors. Full article
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Tracking of Clinical Documentation Based on the Blockchain Technology—A Polish Case Study
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9517; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229517 - 16 Nov 2020
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The article presents the concept of application DLT (distributed ledger technologies) for building the electronic clinical documentation tracking system. After a short introduction to block chain issues, and discussion about the attempts of its application on various fields of everyday human life, including [...] Read more.
The article presents the concept of application DLT (distributed ledger technologies) for building the electronic clinical documentation tracking system. After a short introduction to block chain issues, and discussion about the attempts of its application on various fields of everyday human life, including healthcare, basic requirements for tracking of clinical documentation system are presented, followed by the proposition of its architecture leveraging the distributed ledger technologies. The paper is concluded with a discussion about the possibilities of running such a system, regarding constraints coming from local legal regulations and general data protection regulation (GDPR), but also economic and social conditions, including ecological ones, which are part of the sustainable development trend. Full article
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