C-suite Leadership of Digital Government

Kenneth Kristensen, Kim Normann Andersen

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Despite decades of digitalization in day-to-day government operations and in the governance of the public sector, there is a major research gap in understanding the nature of digital government leadership (DGL) and th diversity in how top managers are leading the digital transition and transformation of government. Based on a structured literature review and in-depth inductive analysis of previous research within the domains of e-government, information systems, and public administration research, this article explores how the C-suite level of government is leading the digitalization. In the article, we propose a definition of DGL and a leadership framework to capture the nexus and direction of leadership. Also, the article proposes distinct leadership roles and actions to forward digital government.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalDigital Government: Research and Practice
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Published online: 13 January 2023.


  • Digital governement
  • Leadership
  • Top management
  • Role of managers
  • Digital transformation
  • Digitalization
  • Ambidexterity

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