HICSS - 56 Digital Government Track
56th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 3-6, 2023 - Maui

Policies and Strategies for Digital Government


This track aims to provide an opportunity and an open forum for discussion of different technological, socio-political, institutional, legal, and organisational strategies that inform the design and implementation of ICT enabled public sector reforms. Specifically, this track seeks papers that discuss theories and/or present cases useful to better understand how different e-government policies and or strategies can lead to successful e-government deployments or, on the other hand, to the factors which may lead to failure of such projects. Papers which examine or discuss external or contextual factors that affect or influence digital government, such as the political state; organizational culture; institutional factors or normative arrangements are also invited. By digital government action, we mean both macro-level institutional designs and micro-level collaboration and competition between diverse stakeholders.

While there is already a body of literature on best practice for e-government deployments, there are significant gaps in this existing literature and new and emerging technologies, not to mention new thinking about public administration and government itself, often demand new ways of thinking and innovative approaches to frame these deployments. In the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery, these new demands become increasingly important as digital technologies provide new opportunities and challenges for adaptive and agile governance have also impacted the way by which public administration’s processes and activities are structured and executed. Papers which address these challenges are particularly welcome this year.

In addition, the minitrack welcomes contributions exploring the issues associated with the design and implementation of policies and strategies that change the nature of the interactions between government and citizens, private sector organizations, and NGOs. Moreover, papers that discuss the political, institutional and organisational implication of the deployment of emerging and disruptive technologies are particularly welcomed.

We invite papers on the following topics, but not limited to:

  • Best practices for digital governance using innovative practices
  • Cases of e-government platforms design, implementation and management
  • Digital by default and its implications
  • Digital innovation strategies for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Digital public administration strategies
  • Digital technologies impacts on policy-making
  • E-justice and ethics of digital innovations in the public sector
  • E-Participation and E-democracy policies and strategies
  • E-Procurement policies and strategies
  • ICT for development strategies
  • ICT for efficiency and effectiveness in government action
  • ICT mediated co-creation and co-production
  • ICT related outsourcing in the public sector
  • ICT, transparency and accountability
  • Interoperability policies: legal, organizational, semantic, and technical layers
  • Legal and judicial transformation associated with ICTs deployments
  • Lessons for digital policy from the pandemic of 2019-2022.
  • National and global digital strategies to respond to a pandemic
  • Privacy and data protection policies and strategies
  • Public health versus privacy concerns
  • Public policy issues in digital government
  • Quantitative and qualitative analyse of the impact of digital government policies and strategies
  • Socio-political, institutional, organisational and ethical impacts of disruptive technologies
  • Strategies to manage design and deployment of innovative technologies

We are looking for high-quality conference papers that adopt a wide range of approaches on content, case studies, or practical and theoretical models to advance the knowledge related to the design, implementation, and management of strategies on policies in the e-government context. The papers submitted to this minitrack must be new and unpublished.

Minitrack Leaders

Francesco Gualdi, Ph.D., is a Fellow in the Department of Management of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is affiliated to the Information System and Innovation research group. He holds a PhD in Enterprise Engineering from Tor Vergata University in Rome, Italy. His main research interests cover the areas of ICT adoption in public sector, e-government, digitalization of the Public Administration, impact of technology on policymaking activity. He received a MA in International Public Affairs from LUISS University in Rome, and a MA and a BA in Political Science – International Relations from Bologna University. Prior to the academic career, he served as strategic adviser to the Minister of European Affairs within the Italian Government (2014-2018).

Antonio Cordella, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is the Academic director of the Master in Information Systems and Digital Innovation and responsible for the post-graduate course on ICT in the Public Sector. He is also a visiting professor at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, UNMERIT, The Netherland. He has published widely in information systems, e-government and public sector associated reforms. An Italian national, he holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Bologna, Italy, and a PhD in Information Systems from Gothenburg University, Sweden. His current research focuses on ICT in the Public Sector, with specific attention to e-Government and the associated institutional changes.

Frank Bannister, Ph.D., is a Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College, Dublin. His research interests include e-Government, e- Governance, e-Democracy and on-line privacy and trust, particularly as they relate to ICT in the public sector. Prior to working in academia, he worked in the Irish civil service and as management consultant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC). He holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland as well as a Master Degree in Applied Statistics and primary degrees in mathematics and music.  He is a former co-convener of the permanent study on e-Government in the European Group for Public Administration and a former editor of the Electronic Journal of e- Government. Frank is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Consultants and Management Advisors, and a Chartered Engineer.

Kyung Ryul Park, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy (STP) and Adjunct Professor in College of Business School at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he is teaching development policy and digital governance. Prior to KAIST, he worked in the field of ICT and development, including seven-years field experiences with the World Bank and Arusha Technical College in Tanzania. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering and B.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University.


Antonio Cordella
(Primary Contact)


Francesco Gualdi 


Frank Bannister 


Kyung Ryul Park