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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration

For a Special Issue on
Digital Transformation of Government and the Asia Pacific Region

Abstract deadline
30 September 2022

Manuscript deadline
01 February 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Professor Yu-Che Chen, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
[email protected]

Professor Soonhee Kim, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
[email protected]

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Digital Transformation of Government and the Asia Pacific Region

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic demand governments to leverage digital technologies to make policy decisions as well as to produce and deliver public services. The advancement of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G, IoT presents governments with opportunities to transform their operations and services. Governments’ utilization of these technologies has the potential of increasing service efficiency and effectiveness and transforming government structure and processes. At the same time, governments face institutional and technological challenges to realize such transforming potential as well as unintended negative consequences of digital transformation (Eom and Lee 2022).

This special issue takes an inclusive and process perspective on digital transformation of government. The domains of digital transformation include the relationships between government and societal stakeholders, public policy and decision-making, and the production and delivery of public services (Eom and Lee 2022, Mergel, Edelmann, and Haug 2019). Transformation is a continuous process requiring leadership and systematic management from the stage of agenda development to the stage of design and implementation. Moreover, stakeholders inside and outside governments are likely to have varying perspectives on the process and outcomes of government digital transformation.

The Asia Pacific region witnesses technological innovations, successes in digital government, and digital government development challenges. This region has experienced significant growth in IT industry, notably in India, China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Several top-ranked e-government countries (e.g., Republic of Korea, Australia, U.S.A., and Singapore), according to the UN 2020 E-government Survey, are located in the region. At the same time, the region is home to substantial challenges in some developing countries in the application of digital government.

This special issue aims to address several important questions and issues of digital transformation of government:

Conditions, dynamics, and impacts of digital transformation of government: What are the necessary technological, institutional, and economic conditions for digital transformation of government? Who are the stakeholders involved and how do they interact in the process of digital transformation? More importantly, what benefits or potential negative consequences are the results of digital transformation? Which public values (e.g. efficiency, effectiveness, equity, accountability, transparency) would influence initiatives of digital transformation of government in diverse countries? What public values are impacted by digital transformation of government and how?

The roles of digital innovations and government reforms in digital transformation of government: What is the general role that digital innovation has in digital transformation? What is the specific role that a particular type of digital innovation (e.g., artificial intelligence, 5G, blockchain) will play in digital transformation of government? What is the role of government in making the connection of the digital innovations to the digital transformation of government? What roles would government reforms play in digital transformation? What are the interactions and dynamics among government reforms, digital innovations, and digital transformation of government in the Asia Pacific region?

Development challenges, initiatives, and opportunities for government digital transformation: What are the challenges and opportunities associated with digital transformation of government? How would they vary and be similar across countries and economies in the Asia Pacific region? What are the key initiatives and successes of digital transformation of government in the region? What lessons do we learn from these digital government initiatives? Are there cross-country collaborative initiatives or assistance programs in the region? What are the distinctive challenges, initiatives, and opportunities for the Asia Pacific region?

Theoretical advances and practical insights of digital transformation of government for the Asia Pacific region and the world: How can we advance theory of digital transformation of government by studying digital government in the Asia Pacific region? Are there theoretical insights for the field and the world by comparing experiences within and beyond the Asia Pacific region? How can we improve the practice of digital transformation of government? What are the practical guidance and actionable recommendations for digital transformation of government in the region that are applicable to the other regions?

This issue invites theoretical, empirical, and practically relevant research papers. It encourages interdisciplinary works that are particularly relevant to the field of digital government. This issue welcomes diverse methodological approaches such as quantitative modeling, comparative and case studies, field observations, qualitative interviews, experimental studies, meta-analyses, and systematic literature reviews. The existing literature provides examples of applying diverse approaches to studying transformation of digital government (Tangi et al. 2021, Scupola and Mergel 2022, Weerakkody et al. 2016, MacLean and Titah 2022, Vogl et al. 2020, Kuhlmann and Heuberger 2021).  In addition, this issue is interested in country-specific, comparative, and regional studies of digital government transformation. Comparative studies should include at least one country in the Asia Pacific region. Examples of regional studies are the study of the ASEAN digital government initiatives and the study of digital government in several Oceanian countries.

Submission Instructions

September 30, 2022 or earlier: submission of paper abstracts for review

Paper abstract (600-900 words, all inclusive) should be submitted to Dr. Yu-Che Chen, the corresponding editor, via e-mail ([email protected]).

November 1, 2022: Decision on the abstract communicated to authors

February 1, 2023: Paper submission via APJPA’s online manuscript submission system

Submissions are welcome before the deadline. Submissions should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words, all inclusive, and follow the research article preparation guidelines of the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. Manuscripts will undergo the journal’s normal peer review process.

March or June, 2024: Publication of the special issue.

All articles accepted for publication will appear online in advance of the print issue.

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