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Investigating the influence of transparency on the adoption of e-Government in Indonesia

Alvedi Sabani (School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 23 November 2020

Issue publication date: 10 June 2021




The purpose of this paper is to extend and validate the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) for investigating the effect of transparency on the adoption of e-Government in Indonesia from the perspective of citizens.


A comprehensive review of the related literature leads to the development of a transparency-focused conceptual model to better understanding the adoption of e-Government. Structural equation modelling is used for analysing the data collected from the citizens in Indonesia.


This study confirms that performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence, facilitating conditions and transparency are the critical factors for evaluating the citizen adoption of e-Government in Indonesia. In addition, transparency is found to be the strongest factor that influences the decision of Indonesian citizens to adopt e-Government.

Research limitations/implications

From the theoretical perspective, the use of the UTAUT model is extended by incorporating the transparency factor that is vital to the adoption of e-Government in developing countries such as Indonesia.

Practical implications

In terms of managerial and policy implications, this research offers the Indonesian Government suggestions on how the adoption of e-Government can be improved.


This is the first study that extends and empirically validates the UTAUT model with transparency for evaluating the adoption of e-Government from the perspective of citizens in Indonesia. It demonstrates how the transparency factor can be incorporated to better understand the adoption of e-Government in such a context.



This research was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.


Sabani, A. (2021), "Investigating the influence of transparency on the adoption of e-Government in Indonesia", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 236-255.



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