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With the rapid increase in the implementation of e-Government in Africa and across the world, the need to investigate the key bottlenecks (issues) owing to the failure of a large number of e-Government projects cannot be ignored. The main purpose of this book is to contribute to the current scholarly and intellectual discourse on different aspects of e-Government such as understanding the critical issues in design, implementation and monitoring. This book specifically intends to bring out contextual issues that hugely impact on the probability for e-Government failure or success. The book explores the different e-Government measurement tools, mechanisms and frameworks, especially with an African focus. It is not a secret that currently there is a dearth of information, especially with regard to understanding contextual issues for e-Government in the developing countries. E-Government has been slowly developing into a science, yet there are still weak areas especially in design methodology and implementation that need urgent attention from both the researchers and practitioners. Many researchers around the world are busy researching on the different domains of e-Government actively pursuing the different knowledge frontiers. However, the African story is missing from the development equation of e-Government. There are many books that have attempted to tell a story about e-Government development in Africa but mostly these have given piecemeal information on the actual contextual nuances of e-Government in Africa. Specifically, this book differentiates itself by carefully exploring the issue of context-awareness (informed by the local context) for e-Government design and implementation. This concept has not been pursued in any publication in e-Government before although it has been used in other information computational contexts. Therefore, the many theses of this book are that e-Government design approach, implementation policies and requirements and monitoring dimensions need to be informed by the contextual characteristics in which they are implemented. This book contributes to the body of knowledge by presenting an in-depth analysis of a case of e-Government implementation. Therefore, this book has its facts backed by intermittent reference to an empirical study done in Zambia to accentuate issues in design, adoption, usage and monitoring of e-Government projects. The case articulates the methodological issues in the design and measurement of e-Government. The use of a combination of structural equation modelling (SEM), exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and advanced techniques such as principal component analysis (PCA) in investigating different aspects of e-Government in a developing country context has not been done in any previous research. The novel methodological nuances articulated in this book can go a long way in understanding the factors explaining successful implementation of e-Government. The previous publications have used basic statistical approaches devoid of adequate scientific or statistical rigour such as descriptive statistics to arrive at factors influencing the success or failure of e-Government. Furthermore, this book contributes to the body of knowledge by emphasising the different dimensions and issues of the multidimensional perspectives of e-Government. The book explores tangible pointers for design and implementation of e-Government giving it the thrust to potentially guide actual implementation of e-Government in African setups. The book is intended to be used by university researchers and specialists in information management, applied information systems, computer science, organisations and institutions in research and consultancy in e-Government, freedom of information, big data analytics and data governance. Information officers, system designers and decision/policymakers in government organs and departments may use this book as a key reference source to guide their decisions. This book uses some content which has been tested for scholarly rigour in academic journals and conferences. No material has been reproduced in this book verbatim and if part of any book is used in any form, it has been rephrased or embedded in the discussions in this book, with due reference provided in each case. Therefore, the book presents content that has not been presented, published or plagiarised from any source(s).
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