Reengineering the open government concept: An empirical support for a proposed model

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Publication date: Available online 4 August 2015Source:Government Information Quarterly
Author(s): Emad A. Abu-Shanab
Open government is a new phenomenon that attracted much research in recent years. The major dimensions of open government included some redundancy with respect to the indications of these concepts. Through an extensive literature review, this study tried to breakdown the three major pillars of open government into their known sub-dimensions. The second step was to summarize the basic concepts reported in the literature and map them to these dimensions. Finally, this work tried to synthesize the basic concepts into four major dimensions. The proposed dimensions are: transparency, information accountability, collaboration and empowerment.The second objective of this work is to validate this proposed model by utilizing an empirical test using confirmatory factor analysis. The research model proposed tried to predict Jordanians’ intentions to use e-government services using the four proposed dimensions of open government. Empirical results supported our premise and indicated a good fit of dimensions and acceptable loadings on each dimension. Also, the regression test predicted the intention to use e-government websites with an acceptable coefficient of determination (R2=0.409). Empirical results indicated a significant prediction of intention to use e-government website by all dimensions proposed with more weight for information accountability. The reengineered model was supported by the data and calls for more validation by researchers.

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