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Jordan’s e-Government at the crossroads

Anas R. Al-Soud (Department of e-Business and e-Commerce, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman, Jordan)
Hussein Al-Yaseen (Department of Management Information Systems, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman, Jordan)
Saheer H. Al-Jaghoub (Department of e-Business, Petra University, Amman, Jordan)

Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

ISSN: 1750-6166

Article publication date: 14 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the maturity level of the Jordanian electronic Government (e-Government) program from the citizen’s perspective. This assessment aims to help in determining whether the Jordanian e-Government strategy, set back in 2002, has achieved its main objectives which are delivering services to people across society, irrespective of location, economic status, education or ICT ability; improving the ICT readiness and infrastructure; and developing new service delivery channels and increase the involvement of citizens through the use of ICTs. Jordan started a national e-Government initiative aiming to streamline government procedures and provide government information and services to the public online. This paper reveals the levels of citizens’ awareness, acceptance, usage and willingness to use the e-Government services in Jordan. It investigates issues such as Jordan’s e-Government maturity level, citizen’s preferences when dealing with e-Government, citizen’s attitude toward using various e-services, citizen’s concerns and the required services.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve the research purposes, which needed a high rate of respondents to generalize the findings, we opted for quantitative research through questionnaires as an appropriate instrument base to address the citizens’ awareness and usage of e-Government services. In total, 7,238 distributed surveys were conducted across Jordan. The average of the responses rate in the three regions was 58.6 per cent.

Findings

The citizen’s interest in e-Government services is declining, as the citizens’ level of awareness of e-Government and its services is still modest after more than ten years of the start of the e-Government program in Jordan. Citizens’ attitude toward using e-Government services is changing and determined by various factors and issues reported in the paper.

Research limitations/implications

The selected governorates might not be the best governorates to represent the three regions of Jordan, the data took almost 15 months to be collected and analyzed which may have resulted in some changes to the reality. Finally, developing countries are not a homogenous group and, therefore, the results of this paper may not be generalizable.

Originality/value

The findings present a number of key factors that hinder Jordan’s e-Government development. These findings can be useful for researchers and practitioners, as they provide rich insights on e-Government development. The findings can be also useful to other developing countries, as they can help them in understanding citizen related challenges when designing, planning and implementing their e-Government initiatives.

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Citation

R. Al-Soud, A., Al-Yaseen, H. and H. Al-Jaghoub, S. (2014), "Jordan’s e-Government at the crossroads", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 597-619. https://doi.org/10.1108/TG-10-2013-0043

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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