An Empirical Investigation of Behaviours to 'Green IT' in the Scottish Aerospace, Defence and Marine (ADM) Industry

Kevin Grant, David Edgar, Peter Duncan, Ray Hackney

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    The research in the paper reports specifically on the challenges and behaviours towards ‘Green IT’ experienced within one complex industry. We adopt a theoretical stance based upon Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) to formulate an outline ‘Green IT’ agenda. Historically, the thinking which underpins UTAUT, can be traced back to the theory of reasoned action and the frequently adopted technology acceptance model. Recent research on the business case for a green IT strategy identifies benefits to an enterprise’s revenue and/or cost rather than just its image making. In this respect, empirical evidence was collected and analysed from the Aerospace, Defence and Marine (ADM) industry in Scotland which includes over 800 companies employing nearly 40,000 staff which creates Gross Value Adding to the Scottish economy of around £2 billion. Data collection involved an on-line based semi structured questionnaire to all 180 Aerospace and Defence organisations using the Scottish Enterprise Database. Our findings suggest a need to develop unified measurements to evaluate green IT progress. Specifically, these should include a metric capable of measuring IT companies’ net environmental activism, assessing not only the impact of changes but also their impact on the operations and products of their clients.

    Keywords: Green IT, UTAUT, Aerospace, environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2016
    Event2016 International Conference on Information Systems : Digital Innovation at the Crossroads - Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) , Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 11 Dec 201614 Dec 2016 (Link to ICIS 2016 conference webpage) (Link to ICIS 2016 program)


    Conference2016 International Conference on Information Systems
    Abbreviated titleICIS 2016
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