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Title: Digital-enabled service transformation in public sector: Institutionalization as a product of interplay between actors and structures during organisational change
Authors: Omar, A
Weerakkody, V
Millard, J
Keywords: Information system;Digital transformational;Public sector;Institutional theory;Structuration theory;Change management;e-Government;Electronic governance
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Citation: ICEGOV '15-16 Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, pp. 305 - 312, , (01-03 March 2016)
Abstract: The derailment of large scale Digitally-Enabled Service Transformation Projects (DEST) in public sector has generated much attention and debate among the research community. However, most of the debates focus on the technology imperatives and/or strategic choices view. The micro-process of institutionalisation involving interplays between actors and structures in forming an institutionalised approach is hardly brought to the surface. Complex structure of government institutions, interaction of actors from various contexts and integration of multiple resources during DEST implementation has made the process of institutionalisation difficult. Combination of Institutional Theory (IT) and Structuration Theory (ST) concepts are used in this paper to examine an exemplar DEST project in the UK - 'Tell Us Once' (TUO). Findings show that actors and structures played significant roles throughout the institutionalisation stages. The actors reinforced or modified existing structures to suit their actions, and in return, the structure governed the actors' actions, to form desired behaviour. This social phenomenon happened recursively over period of time until a common practice emerged and the desired objective is achieved. The findings provide useful insights on good institutionalisation practices concerning the role of actors and structures within the institutionalisation process.
ISBN: 9781450336406
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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