The Online Users’ Perceptions toward Electronic Government Services

Camilleri, M.A. (2019). The online users’ perceptions toward electronic government services. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society. DOI: 10.1108/JICES-09-2019-0102

25 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2019

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

University of Malta; University of Edinburgh

Date Written: October 28, 2019

Abstract

Purpose: This research examines the individuals’ perceived usefulness and ease of use of the government’s electronic services (e-government). It also explores the effect of the social influences as well as of the facilitating conditions on the individuals’ intentions to use the government’s digital and mobile services.

Design/methodology/approach: The researcher has adapted various measuring items from the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology and from the Theory of Acceptance Model to investigate the participants’ utilitarian motivations to engage with the government’s online services. The analysis involved a two-step, structural equation modelling approach that included a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) that verified the constructs’ validity and reliability.

Findings: There was a satisfactory fit for this study’s research model. The findings revealed that there were direct and indirect effects that predicted the individuals’ readiness to use the e-government services. The results suggest that the respondents’ perceived usefulness and ease of use of this digital technology were significant antecedents for their behavioral intention to use it. The strength of these relationships was affected by the moderating variables, include age, gender and experience. Yet, these demographic variables did not have a significant effect on the link between social influences and behavioral intention.

Originality: This study reported that the citizens felt that the e-government systems were useful and easy to use for them. The research participants indicated that they will continue accessing their government’s online services. Therefore, this research implies that the public services should continue improving the facilitating conditions including the provision of service quality and capability; as well as secure accessibility to their e-government systems via digital and mobile technologies. In conclusion, this contribution identifies its limitations and suggests possible research avenues to academia.

Keywords: Technology, Technology Acceptance, e Government, electronic government, digital, digital media, mobile, online

JEL Classification: M3, M30, M31, M38, O3, O30, O33, O38

Suggested Citation

Camilleri, Mark, The Online Users’ Perceptions toward Electronic Government Services (October 28, 2019). Camilleri, M.A. (2019). The online users’ perceptions toward electronic government services. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society. DOI: 10.1108/JICES-09-2019-0102, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3476543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3476543

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