Legacy organizations, particularly government departments, have always remained focused on technology acquisition at a low cost. However, they must balance their quest for better financial performance with a commitment to social obligations and inclusiveness. This study aims to analyze the issues faced by a public sector department, India Post, in its digitization process.
This study takes a case-based approach to analyze India Post’s digitization journey through the theoretical prism of the technology, organization and environment framework.
The organization’s ability to benefit from innovative technology is constrained by its outdated structure and business processes. The other constraints include the limited technological know-how within the organization and the lack of intricate organizational process knowledge of today’s vendors.
This study portends important implications for policymakers and provides a base for several inquiries for future research. This study attempted to identify the facilitators and inhibitors of digitization initiatives of a legacy government organization with extensive outreach in rural economy which policymakers can consider while rolling out digitization initiatives for public sector organizations.
There are very few studies available as published literature which examined the digitization journey of a legacy government organization in a developing economy. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, there was no published literature available on India Post’s digital transformation process.
The authors are grateful to the anonymous reviewers whose valuable advice helped improve the quality of this article.
Sinha, S.K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Upadhyay, P., Dwivedi, Y.K., Bhattacharyya, S., Paul, M. and Bhattacharyy, A.K. (2023), "Challenges and opportunities in IT transformation of public service delivery: case of India Post", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/TG-04-2022-0053
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