Governance lessons from Denmark's digital transformation

Meyerhoff Nielsen, Morten, "Governance lessons from Denmark's digital transformation" 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2019), Dubai, 2019/06/18-20.

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    Author Meyerhoff Nielsen, Morten
    Title Governance lessons from Denmark's digital transformation
    Event Series Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o)
    Publication Date 2019-06
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher ACM Press
    Pages 456-461
    Title of Event 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2019)
    Date of Event 2019/06/18-20
    Place of Event Dubai
    Language eng
    Abstract Denmark has consistently ranked in the global top when the digital transformation of the public sector is evaluated, but what are the lessons we can draw from the Danish approach to technology? This paper focus on three key enablers of Danish approach, that is governance, intergovernmental cooperation and benefit realisation. The analysis finds a number of unique and rarely seen features. A strong mandate for coordination, cross- and joint-governmental approach, consultative and consensus culture for strategy formulation and implementation across all levels of government is one uniqueness which helps align objectives and create a sense of joint ownership. While not uniquely Danish, strategy cycles are interlinked with ex ante, ex post evaluations and weaknesses identified for solution. eGovernment strategies are supported by strategic initiatives, which in turn are linked to a mandatory IT-project and business case model which help minimise the risk of failure but also facilitate active benefit realisation at both project and strategy levels. Potential weaknesses are a perceived in-transparency of the consultation process by local authorities and informally consulting with the private sector and academia. Elements addressing change management and innovation in the IT-project model could potentially be strengthened.
    Keyword intergovernmental cooperation
    benefit realization
    key performance indicators
    Copyright Holder ACM Press
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781450372046
    DOI 10.1145/3325112.3329881
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