30.06.2021

The most important articles in the field of smart public governance (SPG) in the period 1999-2021

As part of the bibliometric analysis of the field of smart public governance (SPG) for the period 1999-2021, the research group identified the most important articles related to the concept of smart city and smart governance.

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30.04.2021

Preliminary analysis of research hotspots in smart public governance research

The research team conducted a preliminary keyword co-occurrence network analysis to identify research hotspots in smart public governance research.

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15.02.2021

Conceptual positioning of the concept of smart governance to other concepts

In February, the project carried out activities bound to the placement of the concept of smart governance to other concepts recognized in the literature and their correlation.

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31.01.2021

Dynamics of the number of documents and citations in the period 1999-2020 in the field of smart governance

In January, the project conducted activities that upgrade the existing theoretical starting points.

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09.11.2020

A preliminary review of the scientific literature in the area of the Smart Governance

The project conducted activities that are essential from an aspect of preparing theoretical starting points. Accordingly, a preliminary review of scientific literature in the area of the Smart Governance was prepared.

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10.09.2020

Kickoff meeting of the TRP HERCULES project

At the beginning of the project activities, a kickoff meeting of the TRP HERCULES project entitled “Developing a conceptual framework for citizen-centred smart public governance” was organized on 10 September 2020.

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30.06.2021

The most important articles in the field of smart public governance (SPG) in the period 1999-2021

As part of the bibliometric analysis of the field of smart public governance (SPG) for the period 1999-2021, the research group identified the most important articles related to the concept of smart city and smart governance. The presentation in Table 1 shows that the most cited articles in the field of SPG were published only in the last decade.

Within the literature on smart cities, six highly cited articles with more than 250 citations were identified. The most cited work in the literature is an article by Kitchin (2014), which has a total of 1,052 citations. The article refers to a critical analysis of existing projects at the local level that focus on the development of smart cities and the impact on big data. Journals that publish highly cited articles in the field of smart cities are GeoJournal, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Sustainable Cities and Society, Cambridge Journal of Regions and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Subsequently, four highly cited articles with more than 40 citations were identified within the smart government literature. The most cited work in the literature is an article by Savoldelli et al. (2014), which has a total of 105 citations. In the article, the authors analyse in detail the adoption of e-government. Magazines that publish highly cited articles in the field of smart governance are Government Information Quarterly, Information Polity and Public Administration Review.

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Table 1: The most cited articles in the field of SPG
30.04.2021

Preliminary analysis of research hotspots in smart public governance research

The research team conducted a preliminary keyword co-occurrence network analysis to identify research hotspots in smart public governance research. The analysis is based on the Scopus database. A literature search in early April 2021 resulted in 606 documents on smart or intelligent government or governance published between 2000 and 2021.

Figure 1 shows the keyword co-occurrence network for smart public governance research, where the nodes represent keywords and the links the co-occurrence relations between keywords. It is conducted on the 40 most frequent keywords by consolidating keywords that describe the same phenomenon (e.g., smart government or intelligent government, smart governance or intelligent governance, etc.). Note that the node size is in proportion to the number of keyword occurrences, the link width is in proportion to the co-occurrences between keywords, while the node colour indicates the cluster to which an individual keyword belongs.

The results reveal five clusters or research hotspots in smart governance research, namely:

  1. smart city;
  2. smart government;
  3. e-government;
  4. sustainable development; and
  5. blockchain.
The latter was identified as the most recent and emerging research hotspot. Thus, smart public governance can be considered as an umbrella concept for many digital initiatives in the public administration on local and country level, fostering citizen orientation, sustainability, and disruptive technologies.

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Figure 1: Keyword co-occurrence in smart public governance researc
15.02.2021

Conceptual positioning of the concept of smart governance to other concepts

In February, the project carried out activities bound to the placement of the concept of smart governance to other concepts recognized in the literature and their correlation. It has been identified that there is currently no universal denomination of the terms below in the literature and that they are still under development but have received in the last decade great attention from the researchers. Detailed positioning of the concept can be seen in Figure 1.

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31.01.2021

Dynamics of the number of documents and citations in the period 1999-2020 in the field of smart governance

In January, the project conducted activities that upgrade the existing theoretical starting points. A search query of concepts related to smart governance for the last two decades (1999-2020) has produced 509 units of scientific literature where the analysis found that the number of documents, as well as the number of citations in the first decade (1999-2008), was extremely low (only seven documents were recorded).

The first signs of moderate growth in documents and citations are seen in the first part of the second decade (2009-2012), with the largest growth recorded in the second part of the second decade (2013-2020), where growth increases by as much as 68 times compared to the first decade.

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09.11.2020

A preliminary review of the scientific literature in the area of the Smart Governance

The project conducted activities that are essential from an aspect of preparing theoretical starting points. Accordingly, a preliminary review of scientific literature in the area of the Smart Governance was prepared. On 6th of November 2020 the project group collected 275 elements of scientific literature units with a search query "smart governance".

Later on, collected elements were sectioned into the four different pillars. The research group noted out that more than a half of the collected articles (54%) are tied to the "smart city" and barely one-third (35%) of them are related to the "public sector". There are far few articles that allude to the "private sector".

In addition to previous tasks, the research group identified 9% of review paper articles which will be relevant later on for identifying different concepts inside the Smart Governance area and in terms of defining the final search query for the relevant literature. The keywords based strategic diagram shows the identification of the relevant areas allude to the "smart governance" (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Strategic diagram of academic literature in the area of the Smart Governance
10.09.2020

Kickoff meeting of the TRP HERCULES project

At the beginning of the project activities, a kickoff meeting of the TRP HERCULES project entitled “Developing a conceptual framework for citizen-centred smart public governance” was organized on 10 September 2020. The meeting was intended for the presentation of the project, review and presentation of the planned activities by individual work packages, coordination of the first tasks on the project and the schedule.

The emphasis of the meeting was mainly on preparatory technical and substantive activities.