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Key drivers for public value creation enhancing the adoption of electronic public services by citizens

Karen M. Gross Lopes (Graduate Programme of Management, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Marie Anne Macadar (COPPEAD Graduate School of Business, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Edimara Mezzomo Luciano (Graduate Programme of Management, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The relationship between citizens and government has been gradually changing from government centered to citizen centered. These changes can be understood from the public value perspective, which is a promising way to foster the use of electronic services (e-services) by citizens. The purpose of this paper is to analyze how key drivers for public value creation can enhance adopting electronic public services by citizens. The use of e-services as a basis for applying smart technologies is also discussed.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative study based on both a systematic literature review and a case study of an e-service provided by a Brazilian state government.

Findings

The study identifies that creating public value happens only after adopting e-services and that public value can be perceived directly by those who use the service or indirectly by the observation of people who have adopted it. A two-dimensional framework showing the direct and indirect factors that drive public value creation is proposed based on the data collection and literature review.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed conceptual framework remains untested and the data collection in the Brazilian context might be a limitation. Other studies could gather data based on the collective uses of e-services.

Originality/value

The framework can be used in other studies concerning public value creation. Public managers might consider its drivers when planning e-services as a way to link them to social, political and collective issues in addition to smart technologies.

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Acknowledgements

This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brazil (CAPES) – Finance Code 001.

Citation

Lopes, K.M.G., Macadar, M.A. and Luciano, E.M. (2019), "Key drivers for public value creation enhancing the adoption of electronic public services by citizens", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 546-561. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-03-2018-0081

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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