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CAiSE´11 Panel on Green andSustainableIT

Jan vom Brocke HiltiChairof Business Process ManagementUniversity of Liechtenstein




community (mainlyasitis in CAiSe, aboutengineering

informationsystems) cangive in thisdomain?

the role of process in green it
The Roleof PROCESS in Green IT

Seidel, S., vomBrocke, J., Recker, J. (2011)


‘devil’s quadrangle’

(ReijersandMansar, 2005).

Cost Time Quality



‘devil’s quadrangle’

(ReijersandMansar, 2005).



the role of process in green it1
The Roleof PROCESS in Green IT

Seidel, S., vomBrocke, J., Recker, J. (2011)

  • Making processes green will ultimately lead to making process-centric organizations green.
  • A discussion of only those potentials that come out of the so-called “Green IT” systems is too limited to facilitate discussions that can help business executives in putting these Green IT solutions into business work.
  • It is impossible today to think of undertaking a major sustainability change initiative (involving the re-design of major business processes) without considering what information technology can do to that effect.
  • Still, it is equally impossible to think about any major redesign that does not call for major changes in how employees perform their jobs (Kotter, 1996). Employees and the management of employees are just as important as information technology in the transformation to sustainable practices and solutions.


Whicharepossibleresearchdirections, whichfocus

wouldyousuggest (green IT or IT for Green?)?

leverage bpm for green is
Leverage BPM for Green IS
  • Forresearchdirectionssee: Watson et al. (2010), Elliot (2011), and Melville (2010)
  • Here focus on the role of BPM Research:

Innovate Processes

Transform Processes

Monitor Processes

Improve Processes

leverage bpm for green is1
Leverage BPM for Green IS

„Green“ Process Management Capabilities (extended from de Bruin, 2007):

The „Green“ Process Management Lifecycle (extended from Hammer, 2010):

Rosemann, vomBrocke (2010), The Six CoreElements of BPM,

Seidel, S., vomBrocke, J., Recker, J. (2011), SIGGreenWorkshop,

leverage bpm for green is2
Leverage BPM for Green IS

[Rosemann, vom Brocke2010]

leverage bpm for green is3
Leverage BPM for Green IS
  • Strategic Alignment: How to operationalise sustainability? What are the relevant value dimensions and how to measure them?
  • Governance: How to organise sustainability? What roles are needed and what procedures can be applied in specific organisational contexts?
  • Methods:How to identify the sustainability impact of processes. What extensions to modelling languages are needed?
  • IT: How to find technology supporting process change? What is sustainability enabling technology and what are best practice use cases?
  • People: How to educate people to adopt sustainability practices? What is the Curriculum of Sustainability Training?
  • Culture: How to identify, operationalise, and communicate values relevant for sustainable processes. How to transform people’s attitudes?


Yourexperienceandresults in thefield (isitdifficulttogetresearchresults in thisfield in youropinion?)?

opportunites and challanges
Opportunites and Challanges
  • Domain Knowledge
  • Environmental Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering



  • Management Science
  • Socio-Political Science

Question 1


community (mainlyasitis in CAiSe, aboutengineering

informationsystems) cangive in thisdomain

the way forward
The Way Forward

Seidel, S., vomBrocke, J., Recker, J. (2011)

IS researchers must consider process-related concepts such as process change when theorizing about the role of IT in the transformation towards sustainable organizations.

This will not only allow us to better understand the transformative power of IS in the context of sustainable development, but also to proceed to more prescriptive, normative research that creates a direct impact on the implementation of sustainable, IT-enabled business processes.


de Bruin, T. "Insightsintotheevolutionof BPM in organisations", ACIS 2007 Proceed- ings. 18th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 5-7 Dec 2007, Toowoomba, Australia.

Elliot, S. "Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability: A Resource Base and Framework for IT-Enabled Business Transformation," MIS Quarterly (35:1) 2011, pp 197-236.

Hammer, M. “What is Business Process Management?” in: Handbook on Business Process Management, Eds.: J. vomBrocke, M. Rosemann, Vol 1, 2010.

Melville, N.P. "Information Systems Innovation for Environmental Sustainability," MIS Quarterly (34:1) 2010, pp 1-21.

Rosemann, M. vomBrockeJ. “The Six Core Elements of BPM”, in: Handbook on Business Process Management, Eds.: J. vomBrocke, M. Rosemann, Vol 1, 2011.

Seidel, S., vomBrocke, J., Recker, J. "Call for Action: Investigating the Role of Business Process Management in Green IS," Proceedings of SIGGreen Workshop. Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(4).

Watson, R.T., Boudreau, M.-C., and Chen, A.J. "Information Systems and Environmentally Sustainable Development: Energy Informatics and New Directions for the IS Community," MIS Quarterly (34:1) 2010, pp 23-38.

Watson, R.T., vomBrocke, J., “Energy Informatics: A Critical Imperative for Information Systems”, in: Green IT: A Matter of Busienss and Information Systems Engineering?, in: Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), forthcoming.

professor jan vom brocke
Professor Jan vom Brocke

Jan vomBrocke holds the Hilti Chair in Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein. He is Director of the Institute of Information Systems and President of the Liechtenstein Chapter of the Association of Information Systems (AIS). Jan has published more than 170 refereed papers, including in the Business Process Management Journal (BPMJ), the Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) and the Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ). Jan is author and co-editor of 15 books, including Springer's Handbook on Business Process Management.

Jan`s research on Green IT seeks to leverage BPM for sustainability transformations in organisations. He is co-editor of “Green Business Process Management”, a book which will be presented at ICIS 2011 in Shanghai. Since 2010 Jan has been a member of the SIGGreen Advisory Board of the AIS. In addition he serves as a trusted advisor on sustainability transformations for a wide range of institutions. He has been elected a standing member of the Academic Advisory Board of Swisscleantec, the Swiss trade association supporting sustainability objectives in industry and politics.