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Initiating [E-]participation through a knowledge working network.

  The authors present a study of e-participation within a public sector agency (PSA), where a number of knowledge management initiatives have been introduced since the inception of the UK 'Modernising government' programme of 1999. The agency has attempted to set up an internal
participatory infrastructure to manage 'knowledge' across the network of local enterprise companies through which agency policy is operationalised. The trajectory of knowledge management versions in PSA is thus a rich indicator
of power-plays in the organisation, and the discussion uses discourse analysis to explore the document base (field notes, textual data paper and electronic, formal and informal) that was produced at three historical moments. The aim
is to understand patterns of participation and resistance in a number of einitiatives within the agency. The authors highlight the choices relating to the stimulating, fostering, encouraging, embracing, contesting, ignoring, and perhaps rejecting of this e-participation project. Such insights are important to
our understanding of the influences upon e-governmental initiatives, an area of UK public spending that is littered with IT project failures.

  • Date:

    30 November 2005

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science


Rasmussen, L., Davenport, E. & Horton, K. (2005). Initiating [E-]participation through a knowledge working network. In Suomi, R., Cabral, R., Hampe, J. F., Heikkila, A. & Jarvelainen, J. (Eds.). Project E-Society: Building Bricks: 6TH IFIP International Conference on e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government (13E 2006), 96-108. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-39229-5_9. ISBN 978-0-387-39226-4



e-participation; public sector agency; knowledge management; "Modernising Government"; local enterprise;

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