Why governing data is difficult: Findings from Danish Local Government

Olivia Benfeldt, John Stouby Persson, Sabine Madsen

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Data governance has emerged as a promising approach for transforming
organizations. While governing data as an organizational asset has clear benefits,
no previous studies have reported on the particular challenges faced by
practitioners in local government organizations. Against this backdrop, we investigate
why it is difficult for local government organizations to explore and exploit
their data assets with data governance. Following an engaged scholarship approach,
we carried out six group interviews conducted with 34 representatives
from 13 different Danish municipalities. From the analysis, we identified nine
challenges relating to three overall themes that are critical to governing data in
local government: (1) data value and overview, (2) data practices and collaboration
and (3) data capabilities and politics. We explain how the three themes extend
previous research in data governance and e-government literature. The implications
for practice and directions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Working, Living and Organising : IFIP WG 8.6 International Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2018, Portsmouth, UK, June 25, 2018, Proceedings
Publication date25 Jun 2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-04314-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-04315-5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
EventIFIP 8.6 Working Conference 2018: Smart working, living and organizing - University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jun 201825 Jun 2018


ConferenceIFIP 8.6 Working Conference 2018
LocationUniversity of Portsmouth
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
SeriesI F I P


  • Data governance
  • Local government
  • Engaged scholarship


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