Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 547–563 | Cite as

A meta-analysis of existing research on citizen adoption of e-government

  • Nripendra P. Rana
  • Yogesh K. DwivediEmail author
  • Michael D. Williams


The purpose of this paper is to perform a weight-analysis and to undertake a meta-analysis of findings reported in published research on the adoption and diffusion of e-government. Usable data relating to e-government adoption research were collected from 103 empirical studies. Of those 103 articles, only 63 used a range of different constructs with appropriate correlation values required for performing a weight- and meta-analysis. Diagrammatic representation has been presented using significant as well as non-significant relationships from all 103 publications. A broader analysis of research on adoption and diffusion of e-government also reflects that although a large number of theories and theoretical constructs were borrowed from the reference disciplines, their utilization by e-government researchers appears to be largely random in approach. This paper also acknowledges the theoretical contribution, the limitations of this study, and suggests further research directions for the continued work.


E-Government Citizen adoption Theoretical constructs Weight analysis Meta-analysis 



The authors would like to thank the Editor and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions for improvement on two earlier versions of this paper.


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  • Nripendra P. Rana
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  • Yogesh K. Dwivedi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael D. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Swansea University Business SchoolSwanseaUK

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