Government Transformation and Digitalization: Governance, Organization, and Management

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    Open Co-creation Coming of Age: the Case of an Open Services Experiment
    ( 2018-01-03) Danneels, Lieselot ; Viaene, Stijn
    Co-creation has mostly been studied in the context of a single firm and in dyadic relationships, but much less in environments with multiple parties. In this article, we focus on open IT-based co-creation - a phenomenon at the intersection of co-creation, open innovation, and platform literature - and the organizational capabilities required to get the most out of it. We do this by investigating the revelatory case of a public employment service that opened internal IT services through co-creation with external organizations. Based on an embedded case study, we aim to explore the capabilities that help public services and their partners to be successful at open IT-based co-creation. In this research in progress, we focus primarily on the research design and already share some preliminary results.
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    Identifying Challenges in Business Rules Management Implementations Regarding the Governance Capability at Governmental Institutions
    ( 2018-01-03) Smit, Koen ; Zoet, Martijn
    As the number of BRMS-implementations increases, more and more organizations search for guidance to design such solutions. Given these premises, more implementation challenges experienced from practice become evident. In this study, we identify the main challenges regarding the governance capability as part of BRM, in the Dutch governmental context. To be able to do so, we utilized a four-round focus group and a three-round Delphi study set-up to collect our data. The analysis resulted in eight implementation challenges experienced by the participants. The presented results provide a grounded basis from which empirical and practical research on best practices can be further explored.
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    Understanding the Success of Government Portals: The Role of Political Leadership, Standards, and a Powerful Centralized IT Agency
    ( 2018-01-03) Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon ; Vargas-Marin, Evelyn ; Gasco, Mila
    Information technologies have become an essential component of government administrative reforms and governance strategies around the world. Although Internet portals are now some of the most mature technologies, they continue to be the most important channel for governments to provide information and services to citizens and other stakeholders. However, studies about government portals still lack the level of detail necessary to better understand the specific variables that affect their success and, more prominently, how these variables intertwine. Based on institutional theory, particularly the technology enactment framework, and one in-depth case study in Mexico, this paper shows how leadership from the governor, the establishment of government-wide rules and standards, and the existence of a powerful centralized IT agency collectively affect the process of enacting a state government website and its potential results. The paper also identifies other variables and discusses some of their interactions and mechanisms of influence.
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    Responding to Enterprise Architecture Initiatives: Loyalty, Voice and Exit
    ( 2018-01-03) Hylving, Lena ; Bygstad, Bendik
    Many large organizations have on-going Enterprise Architecture initiatives. Key aims include achieving more organizational agility, and to tidy up a messy portfolio of IT silo systems. A holistic approach to IT architecture has been an accepted strategy, but the results of these initiatives have been variable. An under-researched aspect is how different organizational units respond to the call for a holistic approach. In this study, we investigate how different stakeholders connected to three ongoing projects responded to the call for EA. With a qualitative approach, we identify three options of response to EA initiatives: (i) compliance with the EA strategy, (ii) loyal but isolated response, and (iii) rebel solutions. We argue for the need of a more nuanced repertoire of actions for dealing with EA, and show how these responses are useful for understanding and managing successful EA.
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