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Abstract :

This paper investigates the readiness of the Malawian government to engage in mobile government (m-government). The study’s importance derives from the potential of mobile technologies to leapfrog e-government in some least-developed countries (LDCs) where e-government has not achieved the desired benefits due to the lack of fixed communications infrastructure and citizen access. First the paper presents an assessment of the current e-government status in Malawi. The research then used a qualitative approach by interviewing more than 20 important government and non-government stakeholders. The theoretical framework to assess the Malawi government readiness was a combination of the technology-organisation-environment (TOE) framework and the task-technology fit (TTF) model. The findings are that Malawi is, to a large extent, ready to embrace mobile government. However, other LDCs can also benefit from the factors and themes which were uncovered and determine mobile readiness.

Keywords :

: e-government, m-government, mobile government, readiness, Malawi, LDCs

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