Social entrepreneurship in development of e-government –how new challenges to local government blurs the line between public and private sectors
2009 (English)In: Uddevalla Symposium 2009 -The Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship / [ed] Bernhard, Iréne, Trollhättan: University West , 2009, 43-65 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
A growing number of areas in our lives are nowadays integrated with ICT solutions of different kinds. Therefore, there is an increased expectation on public authorities to make information and service more available through ICT. The transformation of public administration into e-administration is a major challenge to local government.
In 2008 the Swedish government launched a comprehensive policy on e-government. The policy aims to develop a modern public e-administration making it “as simple as possible for as many as possible”. In spite of the local and regional autonomy in Sweden, most authorities relate to this policy. Furthermore, e-administration systems are often developed by private firms in close collaboration with the central administration of the public authority. However, private and public organisations operate from different aims and logics, which are not always compatible.
General theories on implementation indicate that implementation processes require that someone actively carries out the idea and acts as a driving force within the public administration. I will argue that those who do so can be seen as social entrepreneurs, since they promote and internalize new policies and their practical implications in the organisation.
The aim of the paper is to analyse the implementation of an innovation in public health care administration, by focusing on the social entrepreneurs who combine the public and private spheres of an organisation.
In the case study the social entrepreneurs appear to be crucial for the implementation process. They believe in the advantages of the innovation, they make the innovation and usability of it meaningful for others in the public administration, and by using different tools they make sure that it becomes properly introduced. In our case, the central administrators are important in bringing together technical and social demands as well as private and public spheres.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West , 2009. 43-65 p.
, Research Reports, University West
public administration, ICT, socio-technical systems, county council, electronic health records, social entrepreneurship
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63209ISBN: 978-91-633-5571-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63209DiVA: diva2:377001
Uddevalla Symposium 2009