Assessing Green Computing Readiness in Government Organizations in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


Information and communication technology (ICT) is becoming an important part of all our personal and professional lives and it is at the heart of the digital economy. The usage of ICT is growing from time to time. However, the exponential growth in computing is increasing consumption of significant amounts of electricity and generation of electronic waste (e-waste). Such waste makes IT to be considered as one of the sectors contributing towards climate change. To address the impact of ICT on environment, Green Information Technology (Green Computing) is seen as a solution in modern world. In order to successfully adopt green IT understanding readiness level of organizations is very important. A measure of organizational preparedness or capability to adopt green IT is g-readiness. Therefore, the major purpose of this research is to assess the g-readiness of government organizations to adopt green IT in Ethiopia. The study helps to systematically analyze the ability of the organizations to adopt green IT, to determine existing gaps and potential challenges that help to identify what is working well and what needs improvement for adopting green IT. The case study method was employed to assess the g-readiness of government organizations to adopt green IT. A questionnaire and interview were used to collect data on g-readiness constructs. A total of 155 questionnaires were collected from two giant government organizations in Ethiopia and analyzed using SPSS software. And ten key personnel working in the selected organizations were interviewed and the data was analyzed using open coding method. The result of the study shows that overall g-readiness of the two organizations is very low. Attitude of g-readiness construct scored higher mean value than the others. Policy, practice, technology and governance g-readiness constructs scored below average and the score of the policy construct is the least from all constructs. The findings of qualitative analysis show that higher level IT professionals in the sample organizations have better understanding of green IT than lower level experts. Based on the findings of the study, recommendation is suggested to approach green IT initiatives based on life cycle of IT equipment so that the organization will improve their readiness level for successful adoption of green IT.



Computing Readiness in Government Organizations