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The myth of eGovernment
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (CITIZYS)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (CITIZYS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5337-3287
2009 (English)In: Handbook of Research on ICT-Enabled Transformational Government: A Global Perspective, Hershey: Information Science Reference, 2009, 313-328 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The authors of this chapter suggest that e-government is best understood as a mythologised megatrend. They argue that it has become a symbol for the modernised government of today. A symbol which, in some sense has to be demythologized in order to be realised. The authors suggest that by analysing general and specific interpretations, the myth can be partially unravelled, which is illustrated by a large scale study based on 2624 employees in public administration. The authors suggest a loose coupling between the general and the specific level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: Information Science Reference, 2009. 313-328 p.
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7628Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84898535746ISBN: 978-1-60566-390-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7628DiVA: diva2:127882
Available from: 2008-12-11 Created: 2008-12-10 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. "e" i retorik och praktik.: Elektronisk förvaltning i översättning.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"e" i retorik och praktik.: Elektronisk förvaltning i översättning.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
"e" as rhetoric and practice. : eGovernment in translation.
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of this study is to contribute to the discussion of eGovernment implementation by making the implicit organisational micro dynamic processes involved in the framing and implementation of eGovernment explicit. I want to highlight the important process trough which eGovernment is framed and translated by organisational members and in what way it effects different divisions of practice. To do so, two different analytical aspects of organisational life, the rhetoric of management and the reality of work practices are used as a theoretical context for analysing some implications of eGovernment implementation. These analytical dimensions of organisational life are used to discuss a case study looking at the implementation of eGovernment in a local Swedish municipality.

 

The main contribution of this thesis is a theorisation of how to understand the organisational micro dynamic processes involved in the implementation of eGovernment in public administration. New insights could be gained, for researchers and practioners, by analysing the transformation of practice as an ongoing process characterised by micro-political translation processes involving actors as well as actions and meanings in both rhetoric and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet, 2009. 139 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 74
Keyword
eGovernment, public administration, information technology, translation, rhetoric of management, work practices
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-9585 (URN)978-91-86073-50-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-10-23, L111, Campus Sundsvall, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-28 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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