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Journal Article

Developing Generic Shared Services for e‑Government  pp31-38

Marijn Janssen, René Wagenaar

© Jun 2004 Volume 2 Issue 1, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp1 - 74

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Currently e‑Government initiatives have a highly fragmented nature and are hardly coordinated. An architectural approach aimed at reusing components as shared services can support government agencies in the implementation of their e‑Government initiatives. In this paper we describe research aimed at identifying and prioritising the importance of generic services that can be shared among public agencies. Generic shared services are identified and prioritised by technical experts and government representatives using a group support system session. This has resulted in an action plan to implement the services and use them as part of future e‑Government projects.


Keywords: Architecture, group support system, e-Government, shared services, data centres, shared service centre


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Journal Article

The Disruptive Innovation Theory Applied to National Implementations of E‑procurement  pp107-119

Juan Carlos Barahona., Andrey M. Elizondo

© Dec 2012 Volume 10 Issue 2, ECEG, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp95 - 181

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Due to its characteristics, size, and impact, e‑procurement has a strategic importance not only for public administration but for e‑government, since its implementation necessarily crosses many institutional barriers and paradigms of many public managers. E‑procurement brings a set of new rules and dynamics that create ways of doing business with the State in a totally different fashion, with a whole new and bigger set of participants, new incentives and a radically different cost structure; conditions that have the potential to create a competitive marketplace of unparalleled transparency, efficiency and access. While worldwide public e‑procurement has been linked to a myriad of promises, in practice, it has achieved little. Our research, however, shows that to date literature has failed to recognize that e‑procurement is a disruptive innovation, based on also disruptive technologies. A fundamental difference exists between disruptive and sustainable innovations. Empirical evidence suggests the relevance of recognizing a disruptive innovation and its implications as a key success factor. By not considering these implications prior to implementation, strategic actions at the level of organization, resources, people and values, which significantly affects the results derived from the implementation were not considered, and therefore, many promises remain unfulfilled. The findings of this research contribute to an expanded understanding of the factors that promote successful implementation of nation‑wide e‑procurement systems at a time when this technology and operational model is widely needed as many governments are struggling with flawed attempts to implement these systems.


Keywords: e-procurement, disruptive innovation theory, e-government, public sector innovation, new business model, shared services


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Journal Issue

Volume 10 Issue 2, ECEG / Dec 2012  pp95‑181

Editor: Frank Bannister

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The Special ECEG issue of EJEG. The Issue contains seven of the best papers presented at ECEG in Barcelona.

Edited by Frank Bannister, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

With special thanks to Milla Gasco, ESADE, Barcelona, Spain.


Keywords: data mining, applications of local government, structure and urban informatics, service oriented architecture, e-procurement, disruptive innovation theory, e-government, public sector innovation, new business model, shared services, trust, e-voting, Jordan, framework, adopting , ePrescription, workaround, usability, tailorability, generativity, professionalism, governance, data, open government data, impediments, barriers, challenges, problems, user perspective, Alignment in practice, alignment, disalignment local government, e-Government, organizational change


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