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The 4th Social Study of IT workshop at the LSE


In March 2004 the Department of Information Systems at the London School of Economics and Political Science hosted its 4th workshop on the Social Study of ICT. The workshop took place on 22 and 23 March 2004 at the LSE campus in London, U.K. Successful SSIT workshops in the past three years have addressed issues of infrastructure, network society, globalisation and organising with knowledge. For SSIT4 our theme is e-Government.

The workshop provided a timely opportunity to reflect on one of the most significant and potentially important new directions for the deployment of ICTs. Within information systems this is perhaps most explicit in the rapid growth of research activity in the field, with the search for appropriate theoretical and strategic understanding of the topic backed by increasing empirical research.

The workshop provided stimulating presentations, provocative panels and lively debate. It explored e-government by drawing on contributions from within the IS field, from other social science disciplines, from policy makers and from practitioners. Following the successful format established in the earlier SSIT workshops, the programme mixed presentations from members of the Department, LSE colleagues from other Departments and distinguished invited speakers. The aim was to provide a valuable opportunity for a multidisciplinary group to debate their research and to be exposed to various theoretical and practical perspectives.

Papers, presentations and videos

The workshop took place in the Hong Kong Theatre, Ground Floor, Clement House.


Enacting Technology in Cross-Agency Initiatives: Structural Transformation or Consolidation?

Jane Fountain - Harvard University




Government IT Performance and the Power of the IT industry: A Cross-National Analysis

Patrick Dunleavy - LSE



The Role of the Government of Italy in the Debate on E-Government at the European and International Level

Stefano Gatti - Italian Ministry for Innovation and Technologies



E-Governance Initiatives in Kerala - Changing Lives Through ICT

Aruna Sundarajan - Government of Kerala, India



Risks and Challenges for E-government

Claudio Ciborra LSE




ICT and Organizational Change

Jannis Kallinikos LSE




Giving Guns to Psychopaths: the Case Against Joined-up Government

Simon Davies - LSE and Privacy International



E-Government in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Emerging Role of the IDB

Danilo Piaggesi - Inter American Development Bank



Panel Discussion

    Claudio Ciborra - chair
    Helen Margetts - University College London
    Shirin Madon - LSE
    Simon Davies
    Danilo Piaggesi      


The Information Systems and Innovation Group is a centre of expertise on information technology (IT) inovation and concomitant organisational and social change. For more information on the group please click here.|