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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group: Digital Innovations in the Public Sector, Invitation #4

February 10th, 2015 by

Digital Innovations in the Public Sector, Invitation #4

In President Obama’s FY2016 Budget, the total planned federal spending on information technology (IT) is estimated to be $86.4 billion, which amounts to $267 per capita. Each state government, on average, spends approximately 5% of its revenues on IT. Does this enormous amount of spending create enough value to the public that justifies the investment?

Value creation in the public sector is very different from that in private industries because public organizations pursue goals and serve needs that are very different from those in business firms. Although research abounds to understand the business value of IT, the public value of digital technologies requires more attention in both practice and research.

How do organizations in the public sector use IT resources to serve the public more efficiently and effectively? How do they use digital technologies to enable and drive government and social innovations? If these questions interest you, please join us on Monday, February 16,2-3 pm, in Hornbake 2116, for the fourth meeting of the iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group. Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

On February 16, we will discuss the following article:
Pang, M.-S., Lee, G., and DeLone, W. “IT Resources, Organizational Capabilities, and Value Creation in Public-Sector Organizations: A Public-Value Management Perspective,” Journal of Information Technology (29:2), 2014, pp. 187-205. Available at

Emily Goering from the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore will lead the discussion.

The iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group ( aims to disseminate and advance knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship. In Spring 2015, we meet on Mondays, 2-3 pm to discuss classic and new articles on key issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, in conjunction with INST 621: Managing Digital Innovations in Organizations. All members (students, staff, and faculty) of the UMD community are welcome to attend any session. This group is sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and hosted by Dr. Ping Wang ( See our full schedule at .