A Roadmap for Sustainable Business Transformation

By M. Daud Ahmed and David Sundaram.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainability is a complex concept comprised of social, environmental, and economic paradigms that challenges traditional norms of organisational practice. Organisations are tackling ever-increasing difficulties in transforming themselves into sustainable entities. Moreover, there is a lack of generally accepted sustainability principles that is supported by most organisational stakeholders, and a pattern-oriented methodology that is entirely backed by organisational resources, in particular information systems. In this paper, we propose a technology-neutral multi-level sustainability business transformation (SBT) roadmap that supports business in maintaining a consistent process of converting existing business operations into those that are sustainable. The roadmap consists of discover and learn, strategise, design, transform, monitor and control phases. It supports the entire sustainability transformation life cycle from the initial conceptualisation of the sustainability issues to their final implementation, monitoring and reporting.

Keywords: Sustainability Roadmap, Sustainable Business Transformation Roadmap, Sustainable Business Development process, Sustainable Business Model

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.165-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.342MB).

Dr. M. Daud Ahmed

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

M. Daud Ahmed is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. He has varied academic background such as B.Sc. Engineering in Electrical and Electronics, MBA on Development Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Management Science and Information Systems (MSIS), Masters of Commerce in MSIS, completed PhD study on sustainable business transformation. He has received a number of research awards such as Annual Premier Research Award 2008 and one of the two finalists of the annual research award 2007 of the Manukau Institute of Technology, Special Research Award 2008 of the New Zealand Centres for IT Research, and Performance Based Research Award for the period of 2006-12 of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. He has a long experience on management consultancy, systems analysis, design, development and implementation, and planning and management of a number of engineering and social development projects. He serves as a member of the international review board, and an associate editor of several journals, conferences, books and encyclopaedias. He has research publications on framework and architecture of decision support systems, software project management, sustainable business management, sustainability modelling, triple bottom line reporting, and systems development.

Dr. David Sundaram

Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

David Sundaram is an associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Faculty of Business, The University of Auckland. He has a varied academic (B.E. in Electronics & Communications, PG Dip in Industrial Engineering, and Ph.D. in Information Systems) as well as work (systems analysis and design, consulting, teaching, and research) background. His primary research interests include the 1) Design and Implementation of flexible and evolvable Information, Decision, and Knowledge Systems 2) Process, Information, and Decision Modelling 3) Triple Bottom Line Modelling and Reporting 4) Enterprise Application Integration with a focus on ERP-DSS integration.

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