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Antecedents of Green IT Adoption in South African Higher Education Institutions  pp173-187

Shaun Thomson, Jean-Paul van Belle

© Sep 2015 Volume 18 Issue 2, The special issue from ECIME 2014, Editor: Jan Devos, pp93 - 210

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Abstract: Organizations are now increasingly expected to address the sustainability of their information technology (IT) and communication infrastructure. This research investigates the antecedents for the adoption of Green IT in South African higher ed ucation institutions (HEI), namely which drivers and readiness factors influence Green IT adoption. Green IT comprises of server virtualization, storage virtualization, storage consolidation, environment‑friendly IT procurement, electronic waste managem ent policies and measuring the environmental impact of IT. For the purpose of this research, Green IT drivers were classified into economic, ethical, response and regulatory drivers as per Mollas (2008) Green IT model. Additionally, we also investigate d the role of the following Green IT readiness factors: institutional, organisational and value network Green IT. IT managers at all South Africas HEIs were approached through an online survey. Given the small number of HEIs in South Africa, sample size was necessarily limited but the responses received represent a significant and representative portion of the South African HEIs and encouraging results were found. All Green IT drivers were found to be significant antecedents in the adoption of green IT, although the overall adoption of green IT is relatively low. However, most HEI stakeholders in the HEI value network, i.e. suppliers, investors, competitors and government, do not seem to exert a significant influence on green IT adoption. We condensed th ese antecedents into a revised Green IT adoption model. Our research instrument and proposed resultant Green IT model should be of interest, not only to HEI stakeholder in South Africa and elsewhere in the world, but also to researchers in the field of su stainability of information technologies and the manufacturers of green and sustainable technologies. ( %FIRSTNAME% %LASTNAME%: I have added this in due to the mention in the conclusion that Economic Drivers seem to be one of the main deciding factors. T his would be of interest to manufacturers of the technology for marketing purposes.)


Keywords: Keywords: green IT, adoption drivers, readiness, sustainability, higher education institutions, HEIs, South Africa


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