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Journal Issue
Volume 16 Issue 2 / Oct 2018  pp87‑146

Editor: Dr Carl Erik Moe

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The Relationship Between System User’s Tasks and Business Intelligence (BI) Success in a Public Healthcare Setting  pp87‑97

Rikke Gaardboe

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Bringing Light into the Shadows: A Qualitative Interview Study on Citizens’ Non‑Adoption of e‑Government  pp98‑105

Bettina Distel

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Abstract

Despite the growing availability of e‑government services, citizens are still reluctant to use them. Prior research has mostly focused on investigating reasons for e‑government use. Why individuals refrain from using these services seems to be of less scientific interest. The present study sets out to reveal what barriers to e‑government adoption citizens perceive. A qualitative and explorative interview study was conducted with 18 citizens in Germany to better understand how citizens perceive e‑government and what keeps them from using it. The study yields twelve different barriers to e‑government adoption among which no need to use/rare usage of public services, no personal counsellor, and perceptions of convenience are the most important. The results suggest that the characteristics of the services themselves are highly influential for the decision to not use e‑government. In contrast, technological shortcomings like data security or a lack of usability only play a subordinate role. 

 

Keywords: Adoption, non-adoption, channel choice, citizens, Germany, qualitative research

 

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