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Crowdsourcing in Local Public Administration: Importance of Online Platforms

Crowdsourcing in Local Public Administration: Importance of Online Platforms
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Author(s): Kalsoom BeBe Sumra (Huahong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China & Senior Program Officer Research, Center for Policy Studies, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan) and Wang Bing (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Copyright: 2016
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
Pages: 15
Source title: International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Christopher G. Reddick (The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA) and Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/IJPADA.2016100103

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Abstract

Social networks have become very popular online sources of participation in crowdsourcing. This article examines the antecedents of user participation in crowdsourcing and importance of online community involvement in local public administration. Based on data collected from local public administrators and local public through survey, the results produce evidence that importance of online platforms in crowdsourcing can have a consistent impact on services delivery system in local public administration and importance of online open sources have significantly higher level in crowdsourcing on the whole, while importance of social media have significantly lower level overall. The paper contributes with potential implications and recommendations for local public management to achieve effective services delivery in developing countries through crowdsourced work. The present study is the first study that not only shows the effect of online platforms in local public administration, but also analyses the antecedents of crowdsourcing for participation (knowledge sharing, consultation, innovative ideation and reporting).

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