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Towards E-Government in a Small State: An AGILE Framework

Towards E-Government in a Small State: An AGILE Framework
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Author(s): Stewart Bishop (University of West Indies, Barbados) and Stephen Savoury (University of West Indies, Barbados)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 6
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch234
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Small Caribbean states, opting to pursue services-oriented economies, have invested in information and communication technologies(ICT) to enhance their competitiveness in an environment soon to be without the preferential trade protection they have enjoyed for a number of decades. This has called for improved management in both public and private sectors and as a consequence governments, some of which have undertaken public sector reform, now seem ready to embrace E-government. However experience even in developed countries has shown that incorporating E-government practices is not a sure means of attaining desired goals. This contribution examines the position of Barbados, a small island state in the Caribbean with a developing services-based economy, as it seeks to implement E-government. Some initiatives taken are identified and an AGILE framework is recommended as a means of achieving a successful transformation. This framework emphasises an entrepreneurial perspective akin to that recommended for small businesses as they strive to survive in a competitive global environment.

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