Drivers and Barriers for Open Government Data Adoption: An Isomorphic Neo-Institutional Perspective

  • Henry N. RoaEmail author
  • Edison Loza-Aguirre
  • Pamela Flores
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1129)


By making government data available to all, Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives promote transparency, accountability and value creation. However, these initiatives face several problems affecting their implementation throughout its adoption process. This study focuses on the forces driving or hindering the adoption of OGD in a developing country at its early stages. In depth, through the analysis of qualitative data, which was collected from seven governmental institutions, we highlight that OGD adoption is mainly hindered by the lack of a comprehensive legal framework. On the other hand, the adoption of OGD is mainly driven by the participation of the governmental practitioners on professional networks and by the transmission of success stories from other countries with similar characteristics to the country studied in this research.


Open government data Neo-Institutional theory Isomorphic pressures Adoption Information systems 



This research was supported by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador through the grant research project O13050. In addition, we acknowledge and thank the Anonymous Reviewers for their valuable recommendations, which contributed to improving the quality of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry N. Roa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edison Loza-Aguirre
    • 2
  • Pamela Flores
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de IngenieríaPontificia Universidad Católica del EcuadorQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.Facultad de Ingeniería en SistemasEscuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador

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