e-Gov Research Quality Improvements Since 2003: More Rigor, but Research (Perhaps) Redefined

  • Åke Grönlund
  • Annika Andersson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4084)


This paper follows up on an earlier study [1] by assessing the nature of 80 papers from EGOV 05 in terms of rigor and relevance criteria. Both studies use the same method and makes comparison between the results. We find that however still focusing overwhelmingly on descriptions and little on theory testing and creation, paper quality appears much better in that references to literature have increased grossly, there are very few dubious claims, philosophical research and theoretical arguments are virtually extinct, and the number of case stories is vastly reduced. However, the number of product descriptions is more than doubled to just over 30 %. The reasons for this are discussed, and as most of these papers are based on EU research funding we propose that an important reason may be the funding mechanism where researchers are employed as helpers in product development rather than critical scrutiny and analysis.


Maturity Model Theory Testing Funding Mechanism Philosophical Research Paper Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Åke Grönlund
    • 1
  • Annika Andersson
    • 1
  1. 1.Informatics/ESIÖrebro University 

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