Discipline or Interdisciplinary Study Domain? Challenges and Promises in Electronic Government Research

  • Hans J. (Jochen) Scholl
Part of the Integrated Series In Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 17)

Digital or Electronic Government Research (EGR) finds itself at a crossroads. While the body of electronic-Government-related knowledge is rapidly growing, questions have been raised about whether EGR qualifies as a legitimate discipline, and what the accepted methods and procedures of inquiry should be. This chapter proposes that EGR will be fortunate not to develop into a traditional discipline and not to restrict itself to a narrow set of procedures. Rather, EGR should keep drawing upon multiple disciplines spanning the whole spectrum of hard-pure, hard-applied, soft-pure, and soft-applied sciences. In so doing, EGR might best thrive as a multi-, inter-, or transdiscipline with the prospect of becoming an academic role model for integrative knowing capable of coping with the complexity of problems and phenomena without unduly simplifying them.


Information System Interdisciplinary Research Information System Research Transdisciplinary Research Identity Crisis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans J. (Jochen) Scholl
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  1. 1.The Information SchoolUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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