E-service delivery and new governance capacities: 'Service Canada' as a case study
Author: Roy, Jeffrey
Source: International Journal of Services Technology and Management, Volume 7, Number 3, 9 June 2006 , pp. 253-271(19)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:The internet has given rise to online service delivery (or e-service) in the public and private sectors alike. The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical assessment of both the Canadian federal government's e-service experience to date and the prospects of success for Service Canada the latter being a new entity for citizen-centred service delivery in a multichannel environment. Our primary interest lies in better understanding the governance dimensions to this transformation and the extent to which these dimensions are well aligned. The Service Canada experience to date illustrates the governance complexities surrounding the introduction and pursuit of e-services in a public sector context. More than a technological challenge, the online delivery channels must coexist in a multichannel world where the interface between government as a service provider and the citizen as the customer is driving a more ambitious restructuring of roles and relationships.
Keywords: COMPUTING JOURNALS; Information Systems and Technology; Internet and Web Services; MANAGEMENT JOURNALS; Operational Management, Marketing and Services; Policy and Organisational Management; PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION JOURNALS; Public Policy and Public Services
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2006-06-09