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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 2, ECEG / Dec 2012  pp95‑181

Editor: Frank Bannister

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Editorial for the ECEG special issue of EJEG  pp95‑96

Frank Bannister

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Data Mining Solutions for Local Municipalities  pp97‑106

Gözde Bakırlı, Derya Birant, Erol Mutlu, Alp Kut, Levent Denktaş, Dilşah Çetin

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The Disruptive Innovation Theory Applied to National Implementations of E‑procurement  pp107‑119

Juan Carlos Barahona., Andrey M. Elizondo

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Innovation of eParticipation Strategies Using Living Labs as Intermediaries  pp120‑132

Brian Cleland, Maurice Mulvenna, Brendan Galbraith, Jonathan Wallace, Suzanne Martin

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A Framework for Adopting E‑Voting in Jordan  pp133‑146

Ashtarout Nu’man

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From “Rules to Interpret” to “Rules to Follow”: ePrescription in Greece  pp147‑155

Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou, Vassilis Tsagkas, Nicolas Marmaras

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Socio‑technical Impediments of Open Data  pp156‑172

Anneke Zuiderwijk, Marijn Janssen, Sunil Choenni, Ronald Meijer, Roexsana Sheikh Alibaks

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The Challenge of Technolgy: Alignment Dynamics in Local Governments  pp173‑181

Elke Boudry & Pieter Verdegem

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Abstract

: In organization literature, strategic alignment is a key concept. A vast amount of literature focuses on the need for businesses for aligning their business and IT strategy. The importance of alignment in (local) governments is yet underexposed. However, local governments are also challenged to incorporate IT in their daily processess and they also strive to become more efficient and effective organizations. In practice, this proves to be a dynamic process where a lot of factors come into play when technology is introduced within these organizations. In research, there is a need for a better understanding of this dynamic process of alignment. Therefore, in this paper we want to explore the dynamic process of aligning local governments with technology. We do so by using the 7Smodel as a framework to analyze how seven different elements, both hard and soft, mutually affect each other and make out the local dynamics. Furthermore, we put forward the notion of strong and weak alignment and offer new insights into ‘disaligned’ organizations. Increasing insights into the organizational factors that encircle the implementation of technology will lead to a more profound understanding of how the process of alignment comes into practice in local governments. By taking into account this complex process of alignment IT projects can become more successful. 

 

Keywords: Alignment in practice, alignment, disalignment local government, e-Government, organizational change

 

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