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Classification and synthesis of quality approaches in e‐government services

Christos Halaris (Information Management Unit, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Babis Magoutas (Information Management Unit, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Xenia Papadomichelaki (Information Management Unit, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Gregoris Mentzas (Information Management Unit, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 21 August 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a multi‐faceted summary and classification of the existing literature in the field of quality of service for e‐government and outline the main components of a quality model for e‐government services.

Design/methodology/approach

Starting with fundamental quality principles the paper examines and analyzes 36 different quality approaches concerning public sector services, e‐services in general and more specifically e‐government services. Based on the dimensions measured by each approach the paper classifies the approaches and concludes on the basic factors needed for the development of a complete quality model of e‐government services.

Findings

Based on the classification of literature approaches, the paper provides information about the main components of a quality model that may be used for the continuous monitoring and measuring of public e‐services' quality. The classification forms the basis for answering questions that must be addressed by the quality model, such as: What to assess?; Who will perform the assessment? and How the assessment will be done?

Practical implications

This model can be used by the management of public organizations in order to measure and monitor the quality of e‐services delivered to citizens.

Originality/value

The results of the work presented in this paper form the basis for the development of a quality model for e‐government services.

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Citation

Halaris, C., Magoutas, B., Papadomichelaki, X. and Mentzas, G. (2007), "Classification and synthesis of quality approaches in e‐government services", Internet Research, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 378-401. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662240710828058

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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