Technology Adoption and Innovation in Public Services: The Case of E-Government in Italy

29 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2009

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Antonello Zanfei

Universita di Urbino

Mario Denni

Italian Competition Authority

Gerolamo Giungato

National Institute of Statistics (Istat)

Davide Arduini

Università di Urbino

Federico Belotti

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Department of Economics and Finance; University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Centre for Economics and International Studies (CEIS)

Date Written: September 16, 2008

Abstract

Using data on 1,176 Italian municipalities in 2005, this paper discusses a number of factors associated with the development of a particular type of innovative activities, namely e- government services supplied by local public administrations (PAs). We find that municipalities which got involved into e-government are larger, carry out more in-house ICT activities and are more likely to have intranet infrastructures, relative to PAs that do not offer front office digitalised services. They are also generally located in regions with relatively large shares of firms using or producing ICT, where many other municipalities offer digitalised services, and where concentration of inhabitants in metropolitan areas is not very high. The range and quality of e-government services supplied by local PAs tend to increase with their stock of ICT competencies, with their efforts to train workers, and with their ability to organize efficient interfaces with end-users. Moreover, there is a correlation between the range and quality of e-government services offered and the broadband infrastructure development of the geographic area in which local PAs are located. In more general terms, we show that the combination of internal competencies and context specific factors is different when explaining the decision to start e-government activities vs. the intensity of such activities. Regional factors, relating to both demand and supply of services, appear to affect only the decision to enter e-government activities. Competencies needed to expand and improve the quality of services are much more numerous and complex than the ones associated with the mere decision to start e-government activities.

Keywords: Innovation system, Dynamic capabilities, Technology adoption, Electronic government, Innovation in services, Twopart model

JEL Classification: H30, O33, O38

Suggested Citation

Zanfei, Antonello and Denni, Mario and Giungato, Gerolamo and Arduini, Davide and Belotti, Federico, Technology Adoption and Innovation in Public Services: The Case of E-Government in Italy (September 16, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1433852 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1433852

Antonello Zanfei

Universita di Urbino ( email )

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Italy

Mario Denni

Italian Competition Authority ( email )

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Roma, 00184
Italy

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Gerolamo Giungato

National Institute of Statistics (Istat) ( email )

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00184 Rome, 0185
Italy

Davide Arduini

Università di Urbino ( email )

Via Saffi 2
Urbino, Pesaro-Urbino 61029
Italy

Federico Belotti (Contact Author)

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Department of Economics and Finance

Via Columbia 2
Rome, RM 00133
Italy

University of Rome, Tor Vergata - Centre for Economics and International Studies (CEIS) ( email )

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Rome, RM 00133
Italy

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