Integrated and seamless? Single Parents’ Experiences of Cross-Organizational Interaction

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The lack integration of public organizations and services is a recurring challenge
for scholars, policymakers, and citizens. Within the e-government field, scholars
have presented web-stage models, which predict that digitization will lead to a fully integrated public sector and seamless user journeys for citizens. Although these models have not delivered on their promises, scholars and policymakers still regard digitization as a means to integrate the public sector, achieve efficiency gains, and improve service quality. We argue that the web-stage models overlook barriers to integration, as they are mostly conceptual, and primarily focus on the potential of technology, rather than its actual implementation and use. Moreover, the models occur on the organizational level of analysis and ignore citizens and their actual experiences. Therefore, we present an empirical study of how citizens experience cross-organizational interaction during benefit application following a family break-up or divorce. Through observations, contextual interviews, focus group discussions and workshops we identify seven challenges citizens experience. These challenges make citizens aware that they are interacting with different organizations and break their experience of an integrated public sector. Further, the challenges cause citizens to turn from the digital channels towards traditional channels to complete their interaction. Thus, the lack of integration challenge both citizens’ satisfaction and efficiency gains from public sector digitalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIRIS 2018 Proceedings
PublisherInformation Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia
Publication dateJun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
SeriesIRIS: Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia


  • Integration
  • Seamlessness
  • E-government
  • Cross-organizational interaction
  • Actual use


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