The annual international IFIP Electronic Government (EGOV) conference is the European core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector. Each year, scholars from all over the globe present the state of the art and most recent innovations in e-government, e-governance and related fields of study. Since its beginnings in 2001, the EGOV conference has provided important guidance for research and development in this fast-moving domain of study. The IFIP EGOV conference brings together leading researchers and professionals from across the globe and from a number of disciplines. E-government research demonstrates its relevance to practice and, consequently, influences and shapes government strategies and implementations. Conversely, e-government practice also inspires e-government research. EU eGovernment initiatives are presented and discussed, as well as a variety of papers within the field of eGovernment.
This year, the conference was held Sep. 1st – Sep. 3rd in Dublin @ Trinity College and gathered approx. 80-90 scholars in the eGov research field. Four scholars from Centre for e-government at University of Agder attended the conference: Leif S. Flak (associate professor), Carl Erik Moe (associate professor), Øyvind Helland (PhD Research Fellow) and Helle Zinner Henriksen (employed at Copenhagen Business School). Former PhD Research Fellow at the University of Agder (and now associate professor at Buskerud and Vestfold University College) also attended the conference.
This year, two papers from our department were competing for the same award for the first time! One of the nominees was the paper “Proposing an Entrepreneurial Process for Co-creation of IT Value” by Hans Solli-Sæther and Leif Skiftenes Flak. However, it was Carl Erik Moe and Maung K. Sein who won the award for the most compelling, critical research reflection with their paper “Dialectics and contradictions in public procurement of Information systems”. Congrats to our good colleagues for this great achievement! It’s also worth mentioning that Marius Rohde Johannessen also got nominated for the best paper award (in another category). We already look forward to next year’s conference!