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Horizontal integration of local government: the case of the citizen service unit
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2008 (English)In: Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies, Pt 1 / [ed] Cunningham, P., Cunningham, M., Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2008, 391-398 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The objective of this paper is to present empirical findings suggesting that it may be easier to develop a citizen service than to create more effective administrative procedures. Our starting point is a case study in which we followed a large strategically important development project in a Swedish municipality. The project aims to improve both citizen service and the municipality's internal effectiveness. Its main objective is to develop a Citizen Service Unit (CSU) that works as a one-stop-shop collecting service requests from citizens in one channel. According to the citizens the CSU clearly is a success. In the citizen survey we conducted the service of the CSU is rated very high. The answering rate has increased to 85%, every request is recorded in a document and workflow system and the citizen receives fast feedback from a handling officer at the responsible office. From an organizational perspective the CSU is not at all a success. On the managerial level there is a consensus on why and how they should change within their offices. On lower levels, however, clear roles, new work routines and routines for the communication between the CSU and handling officers to a large extent have been missing. Therefore, we suggest the following lessons to be learned: (1) Pay equal attention to the front-office and the back-office perspective. Reengineered business processes and new work routines will not show up by themselves, and (2) When developing one-stop-shops as the CSU make sure to also develop models for the relationship between the one-stop-shop and the rest of the organization.

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Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2008. 391-398 p.
, Information and Communication Technologies and the Knowledge Economy, ISSN 1574-1230 ; 5
Keyword [en]
e-government, citizen-centric approach, case, strategic development, one-stop shop, horizontal integration
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19184ISI: 000269520500049ISBN: 978-1-58603-924-0OAI: diva2:201548
Models for Strategic Business Development in Public Service, funded by Vinnova
Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2009-03-05 Last updated: 2013-07-05Bibliographically approved

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