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IfG.Reserach - Research Themes

IfG. Research has six central research clusters focused on phenomena which have a high degree of relevance, either for the present or for the future. Institutional-transformational and managerial changes and requirements lie at the center of these clusters:

  1. Electronic Government:
    eGovernment means more than merely accessing public services via the internet. Rather, this cluster researches new forms of networked service production and new organizational models such as shared service centers, virtual organization and process chains as well as their institutional and structural implications. This cluster also includes service-oriented and process-oriented design questions. Implementation related subjects as skills, acceptance, change and implementation management as well as research into the penetration of public administration and multilevel systems by ICT also fall within this cluster.

  2. eRegional Governance:
    Traditional infrastructure promoting economic development include basic services as electricity and communications, railroad lines, airports, streets, highway connections or industrial parks. In the new information society, infrastructure means broadband technologies which form the basis for new e-services. This cluster examines which e-services and combinations of e-services can improve the quality of life and improve economic development in rural regions under specific framework conditions. Examples of new e-services include telemedicine applications, distributed learning via video conference systems (telepresence learning) and telework.

  3. ICT for Development:
    ICT for Development is concerned with the potentials and impacts of the use of ICT in developing and newly industrialized countries, especially the contribution of ICT to economic development, good governance and poverty reduction. . A focus of this research is the question of under which conditions ICT applications can be used to reduce poverty. Which institutional conditions are necessary, and what potentials and risks, including unintended effects, exist in the area? For example, in eAgriculture the question arises of how to circumvent rent-seeking organizations, so as to reduce hurdles for economic development.

  4. Critical Infrastructure:
    In this area, questions related to the security of critical infrastructure in the information society are addressed. With the increasing informatization and interconnectedness of society, the vulnerability of critical information infrastructures also increases, which increases entire societies’ susceptibility to disruptions. For this reason, questions related to national security and the security of the state as a security infrastructure are especially relevant. Societies are confronted with increasing flows of information, people and goods and ICT-based threats. Water, energy, transportation and telecommunications networks are the arteries of modern societies, which become more interdependent, and therefore vulnerable, as informatization increases. It is becoming more and more important that the state and society take necessary steps to address these threats, such as the creation of back-up systems and institutions.

  5. International eGovernance:
    This cluster focuses on international developments in eGovernment and related e-themes. These include issues such as the global transfer of eGovernment approaches and policies, international change management and the role of supranational organizations in the implementation of eGovernment and eGovernment standards. Questions related to the convergence and Europeanization of administrative systems against the background of increasing globalization of modernization concepts also play a role. International developments and changing framework conditions are continually evaluated and global learning processes are observed.

  6. Skill Management:
    This area is concerned with research into future eSkill and eGovernment skill requirements, skills policies and related institutionalization. Increasing international competition has unleashed previously unrecognized global pressures to acquire learning and competencies. These pressures are increasingly affecting society as a whole, including public administration.


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