How Information Systems Research Can Inform Current and Emerging Government Institutions: Two Views

50 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2007

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Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

Government occupies a central role in our world of inter-connected human systems of work, transportation, utilities, commerce, healthcare, and public education. Focusing on the U.S. federal government, this essay advances the lens of our government as an information processing system that monitors, regulates, funds, and provides certain services. Government, as an information processing system, organizes and influences other human systems at local, state, and national levels. However, what if one of the subcomponents comprising our system of government fails? How fragile is our system of government? What insights into the organization of information systems can better reform our system of government to be more effective and flexible? This essay encourages the reader to explore ways that inter-agency government efforts are analogous to information processing among distributed components. With this lens, new research opportunities emerge to re-organize our system of government to better share information across departments, to protect citizens from harm, and to prevent future disasters similar to Katrina and 9/11.

Keywords: organizational design, information systems, government agencies, information flows, inter-agency collaborations

JEL Classification: D23, D70, D81, D83

Suggested Citation

Konsynski, Benn and Bray, David A., How Information Systems Research Can Inform Current and Emerging Government Institutions: Two Views (August 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.962283

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States

David A. Bray (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

University of Oxford

Oxford
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dbray

National Defense University ( email )

Marshall Hall
300 5th Avenue
Washington, DC 20319-5066
United States

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