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Digital disruption: Towards a research agenda for sustainability and business in a digital world

Padfield, Rory W., Dales, Alexandra ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0019-4349, Mishra, Jyoti and Smith, Thomas (2023) Digital disruption: Towards a research agenda for sustainability and business in a digital world. In: Padfield, Rory W. and Russel, Sally V., (eds.) A Research Agenda for Sustainability and Business. Elgar, pp. 185-204

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Businesses and organisations across the world are adopting various digital tools, technologies and infrastructure to support their strategic and operational objectives. The remarkable growth of market leaders, such as Amazon, Uber and Google is indicative of the global impact of digital innovation more broadly. Despite the rise and continued innovation of digital products and services, there is considerable uncertainty over how such innovations tackle sustainability issues at different scales. This is a pertinent point considering the climate emergency and the need to tackle social as well as environmental issues in both the Global North and Global South. In this chapter, we provide a high-level overview of the sustainability impacts associated with digital innovation, and offer a way forward in terms of a research agenda. The chapter is organised into three main parts. First, we define the digital innovations terminology and identify a range of existing business applications for digital technologies. Second, we critically examine the sustainability impacts of digital innovations focusing on questions of resource efficiency and the sharing economy. Third, we identify four promising research themes and propose key research methods.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781839107719.00019
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7982

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