Why Governing Data is Difficult: Findings from Danish Local Government

Olivia Benfeldt*, John Stouby Persson, Sabine Madsen

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Data governance has emerged as a promising approach for transformingorganizations. While governing data as an organizational asset has clear benefits,no previous studies have reported on the particular challenges faced bypractitioners in local government organizations. Against this backdrop, we investigatewhy it is difficult for local government organizations to explore and exploittheir data assets with data governance. Following an engaged scholarship approach,we carried out six group interviews conducted with 34 representativesfrom 13 different Danish municipalities. From the analysis, we identified ninechallenges relating to three overall themes that are critical to governing data inlocal government: (1) data value and overview, (2) data practices and collaborationand (3) data capabilities and politics. We explain how the three themes extendprevious research in data governance and e-government literature. The implicationsfor practice and directions for future research are discussed.
TitelSmart Working, Living and Organising
RedaktørerAmany Elbanna, Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Deborah Bunker, David Wastell
Antal sider15
ForlagSpringer VS
ISBN (Trykt)9783030043148
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa
NavnI F I P


  • Data governance
  • Public sector
  • Municipalities
  • E-government
  • Local government
  • Engaged scholarship