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Effectiveness of information technology in reducing corruption in China: A validation of the DeLone and McLean information systems success model

Hu Xinli (South Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan, Hubei, China)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of information technology in reducing corruption in China. Meanwhile this paper explores whether electronic monitoring systems (EMS) can be evaluated in terms of the DeLone and McLean information systems (IS) success model.

Design/methodology/approach

The status of the EMS in five cities is first proposed, and then a model of e-government system success is designed to evaluate the EMS. Data are obtained from 387 civil servants in the supervision agencies. Then the effectiveness of EMS in reducing corruption is deeply assessed, and the DeLone and McLean IS success model is validated.

Findings

The findings show that the application of EMS has a positive effect on reducing corruption. IT thus has the potential to reduce corruption, but the institution and the people are more important.

Originality/value

Although many theories about reducing corruption have been proposed, the EMS application in reducing corruption has seldom been addressed. This study is the first, to the author's knowledge, to examine EMS and corruption reduction from the point of view of the IS success model.

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Citation

Xinli, H. (2015), "Effectiveness of information technology in reducing corruption in China: A validation of the DeLone and McLean information systems success model", The Electronic Library, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 52-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-11-2012-0148

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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