The Understanding of ICTs in Public Sector and Its Impact on Governance

  • Arild Jansen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7443)

Abstract

The visions and goals for the use of ICTs in public sector are huge, both related to efficiency, effectiveness and for strengthening democratic functions. The realisation of such diverse set of goals requires a broad range of means and measures. However, do the managers really understand the many functions and roles ICTs have and how they should be governed? This paper discusses what functions that ICTs have in the public sector, and analyses existing ICT governance approaches in the Norwegian government. Our findings do indicate that there exist a mismatch between the functions implicit in the objectives that are stated for eGovernment and the way ICTs are governed. This mismatch, can, at least partly, be attributed to an inadequate understanding of ICTs and its many functions.

Keywords

eGovernment ICT Governance ICT management organisational functions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arild Jansen
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  1. 1.Section for eGovernment, Department for Private LawUniversity of OsloNorway

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