Call for Papers: Special Issue “AI in the Public Sector” in PMR

AI in the public sector PMR Special Issue call for papers Guest editors This special issue will be edited by an experienced team comprising Professor Helen Dickinson (University of New South Wales, Australia), Professor Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz, Germany),  and Professor Jari Stenvall (Tampere University, Finland). Rationale This special issue will provide a resourceContinue reading “Call for Papers: Special Issue “AI in the Public Sector” in PMR”

Opening access to academic knowledge beyond the usual echo chamber

I am working at a public University with an explicit open access policy and an active funding pipeline to extend open access to academic journals. This includes an open access repository for faculty publications (KOPS – The Institutional Repository of the University of Konstanz). Publications are listed when they come out and after one yearContinue reading “Opening access to academic knowledge beyond the usual echo chamber”

Predictive Analytics in the Public Sector

My colleague Rainer Kattel (Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn) and I are in the process of conducting interviews on digital transformation in the Estonian government. By coincidence we came across an interesting practice: the use of Big Data to review customs and financial data streams with the goal to reduce corruption. I wrote this up as a shortContinue reading “Predictive Analytics in the Public Sector”

LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog: What does Big Data mean to public affairs research? Understanding the methodological and analytical challenges

The following text was originally prepared for LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences Blog and reposted here. === The term ‘Big Data’ is often misunderstood or poorly defined, especially in the public sector. Ines Mergel, R. Karl Rethemeyer, and Kimberley R. Isett provide a definition that adequately encompasses the scale, collection processes, and sources of Big Data.Continue reading “LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog: What does Big Data mean to public affairs research? Understanding the methodological and analytical challenges”

New paper: #BigData in Public Affairs published in PAR

Karl Rethemeyer, Kim Isett, and I just published a new paper in Public Administration Review with the title “Big Data in Public Affairs“. Our goal for this article is to define what big data means for our discipline and raising interesting research questions that have not been explored yet. Here is the abstract of ourContinue reading “New paper: #BigData in Public Affairs published in PAR”

Award: Research stipend from IBM’s The Center for the Business of Government

  IBM – The Center for the Business of Government has announced a new round of winners of their research stipends. I won an award to write about my research on digital service transformation in the U.S. federal government. Here is the announcement text: The Center for The Business of Government continues to support research byContinue reading “Award: Research stipend from IBM’s The Center for the Business of Government”

New IBM Report: A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions

IBM’s Center for the Business of Government has published a new report: “A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions“. This new report addresses the key question of how government should measure the impact of its social media use. Social media data – as part of the big data landscape – hasContinue reading “New IBM Report: A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions”

Public Administration Review article: A Three-Stage Adoption Process for Social Media Use in Government

Together with my co-author Professor Stuart Bretschneider I wrote an article that was just published for early view in the Public Administration Review (PAR). In this article, we develop a model of social adoption in the public sector. Here is the abstract: Social media applications are slowly diffusing across all levels of government. The organizationalContinue reading “Public Administration Review article: A Three-Stage Adoption Process for Social Media Use in Government”

New article: Networks in Public Administration in PMR

My co-authors Jesse Lecy (GSU), Hans Peter Schmitz (SU) and I have published an article in Public Management Review: Lecy, J., Mergel, I., Schmitz, H. P. (2013): Networks in Public Administration, published online DOI:10.1080/14719037.2012.743577, in: Public Management Review. [Link to pre-publication version on SSRN] Here is the abstract: Network-focused research in public administration has expanded rapidlyContinue reading “New article: Networks in Public Administration in PMR”

New article “The social media innovation challenge in the public sector”, in: Information Polity

Albert Meijer, Frank Bannister and Marcel Thaens edited a special issue of “Information Polity” with the topic “ICT, Public Administration and Democracy in the Coming Decade”. They put together a tremendous group of international e-Government researchers and today the special issue was posted online. The articles included in the special issue include: ICT, Public Administration and DemocracyContinue reading “New article “The social media innovation challenge in the public sector”, in: Information Polity”