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Sustainable eGovernance?: Practices, problems and beliefs about the future in Swedish eGov practice
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatics - CERIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6373-7793
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatics - CERIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
2016 (English)In: Government Information Quarterly, ISSN 0740-624X, E-ISSN 1872-9517, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 105-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of ICTs in the public sector, eGovernance, is understood as a complex phenomenon intricately embedded in a continuously changing environment, including multiple actors with disparate interests.  A need for research that takes this complexity into account has been identified, and previous research has suggested employing a sustainability perspective.  The use of the sustainability concept in the eGovernance context is an emerging area without a common focus or use of the concept. There is a lack of research with a thorough basis in sustainability theory, and a need for empirical research focusing on sustainable eGovernance. In order to respond to this need the research question of this paper is, How can current eGovernance practice be interpreted from a sustainability perspective? A case study is performed in the context of Swedish eGovernance practice, at national and municipal level. Interviews are used to investigate practitioners’ views, which are analyzed by using a framework, developed based on eGovernance literature that highlights sustainability. We find that sustainability in eGovernance practice in this case revolve to a large extent around how actors struggle with achieving continuity and implementing a holistic view of the use of ICT in the public sector. We also highlight the issue of trade-offs between different sustainability dimensions.  

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 33, no 1, p. 105-114
Keywords [en]
eGovernance, eGov, Sustainability, EGOV4SD, Case study, Governance, Decision making, Infrastructure
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46534DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2015.11.002ISI: 000372774300010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84960425621OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46534DiVA, id: diva2:872146
Available from: 2015-11-18 Created: 2015-11-18 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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