LINKING NATIONS THROUGH E-GOVERNMENT: PERSPECTIVES AND IMPLICATIONS
The e-government structure has currently been a crucial subject matter for nation states all over the world, because of its utopic ability to improve governance and businesses in a recession economy. For over a decade, design patterns have continued to emerge due to the ever changing information sources and resources occasioned by innovative technologies. And this is because early e-government proponents and theorists have arranged development patterns as occurrences in transition (Andersen and Henriksen, 2006; Reddick, 2005), spanning across generations, and spatially tied to the internet and technological development. Discussing e-government only in terms of technologies that drive information could divert e-government trajectory and can potentially delay its linear progression. However, viewing e-government as a collaborative domain, as in global village context; allowing online interaction and sharing of resources (e-collaboration), will result to a more pragmatic approach (Alstyne and Brynjolfsson, 2005; Choi, and Danowski, 2002). This study views the experience of nations in online space, solving governance and citizen issues together, as well as business practice using, the e-government platform. A whole load of mutual advantage could be the overall gain for participating nations, where resources, cost, infrastructural facilities, expertise and information are shared, towards a common goal. This can potentially narrow the information and digital divide (Buchanan et al, 2012) in the evolving competitive digital society. For instance, most of the online resources currently available on the internet, especially on e-government, are basically provided by the South Korea, Singapore and United States America, (UN, 2012). Current discussions on e-government have been only supportive of agency integration and public-private sector collaboration at central and local levels within nation states (Gent, 2003; Wang et al., 2013). A mixed method approach was adopted involving interviews of government officials and documentary analysis of some countries government records which analysed using a thematic approach and grounded theory.