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Reflecting on E-Government Research: Toward a Taxonomy of Theories and Theoretical Constructs

Reflecting on E-Government Research: Toward a Taxonomy of Theories and Theoretical Constructs
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Author(s): Nripendra P. Rana (Swansea University, UK), Michael D. Williams (Swansea University, UK), Yogesh K. Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK) and Janet Williams (University of Glamorgan, UK)
Copyright: 2011
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Pages: 25
Source title: International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Nripendra P. Rana (University of Bradford, United Kingdom)
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2011100105

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Abstract

After more than a decade of research in the field of e-government, it is now timely and appropriate to reflect upon the overall developmental directions in the area. This paper explores research progress to date by systematically analyzing the existing body of knowledge on e-government related issues, and reveal if there is lack of theoretical development and rigor in the area. Usable data relating to e-government research currently available were collected from 779 research articles identified from the ISI Web of Knowledge database, and by manually identifying relevant articles from dedicated journals on electronic government such as Transforming Government: People, Process, and Policy (TGPPP), Electronic Government, an International Journal (EGIJ), and International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IJEGR). Based on the investigation of the various studies, findings reveal that generic e-government applications were explored more than any specific applications, and the technology acceptance model (TAM) was the most utilized theory to explain research models. Although a large number of theories and theoretical constructs were borrowed from the reference disciplines, their utilization by e-government researchers appears largely random in approach. The paper also presents limitations and further research directions for future researchers.

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