An increasing number of organizations are developing sustainability-oriented innovations (innovations that aim to enhance organizational performance, SOI) to strategically address sustainability challenges. Previous studies recognize that IT can significantly enable the development of SOI. However, their coverage of SOI is limited, and most of them lack an in-depth understanding of the link between IT and SOI. Thus, this study explores how IT can enable SOI development and capture the fundamental relationship between IT and SOI by adopting affordance theory. Based on a case study, we develop an IT-enabled SOI model and propose that a) organizational sustainability orientation significantly impacts IT affordances for SOI, b) all components of IT capability are critical for the formation of IT affordances for SOI, c) there are five IT affordances that support SOI development, and d) IT affordances are not completely independent of each other.
Peng, Xiang; Kurnia, Sherah; Samson, Danny; and Cui, Tingru, "Exploring IT-Enabled Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: A Case Study" (2022). PACIS 2022 Proceedings. 228.
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