Dynamic Relationships in E-Government Initiatives: Craftsmanship, Partnership, Companionship, and Entrepreneurship

Sune Dueholm Mûller, Pernille Kræmmergaard, Anja Kaldahl Reinwald

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IS plays an important role in modernization of the public sector, and government agencies increasingly use IT for both innovation purposes and exploitation of existing opportunities. These organizations not only see IS as an enabler of business strategy but also focus on the operational and tactical benefits of IS. However, although IS management has been studied at the strategic level, middle management has not received the same attention. Existing research has, for example, investigated the relationship between the CIO and top management, but no studies have looked at the relationship between IT and middle management in bridging the gulf between the strategic and operational level and bringing about IS benefits to the organization at the tactical level. This article addresses this research gap by exploring the relationship between IT and middle management in government agencies across four Danish municipalities. Based on an exploratory, multiple case study we develop a descriptive model of the dynamic relationships between IT managers and line managers in public organizations. The model describes four archetypes – craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, partnership, and companionship – depending on the level of involvement (arm’s-length versus embedded) and the envisioned role of IT (management versus leadership). The model is a powerful vehicle for understanding and possibly changing the relationships depending on the needs and visions of the organization wanting to increase its e-government maturity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Contributions in IS Research : Third Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2012, Sigtuna, Sweden, August 17–20, 2012. Proceedings
EditorsChristina Keller, Mikael Wiberg, Pär J. Ågerfalk, Jenny S. Z. Eriksson Lundström
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-32269-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-32270-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing

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