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Why Business Models are important for your e-Government initiative

A core problem we find with e-Government initiatives in the Pacific is the lack of clearly articulated business models. Well thought out business models ensure that any e-Government or digital transformation initiatives remain sustainable once the initial project funding runs out. To fix this issue we’ve adapted the business model canvas framework from Strategyzer to help people understand what the business model options could be for their e-Government projects. These can then be tested and validated for sustainability during the lifetime of the project.

A core problem we find with e-Government initiatives in the Pacific is the lack of clearly articulated business models. Well thought out business models ensure that any e-Government or digital transformation initiatives remain sustainable once the initial project funding runs out. Unfortunately most government departments in the Pacific don’t have a framework in place to develop business models for their e-Government or digital transformation projects.

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We’ve modified the Business Model Canvas above to suit government needs

So we’ve adapted the business model canvas framework from Strategyzer to help our clients understand and then develop business models that are sustainable for their e-Government projects. For those of you not familiar with the business model canvas from strategyzer take a look at their introductory video.

We’ve taken this initial business modelling framework and then expanded on this to ensure that it fits into the e-Government context. We will release a series of blog posts later that expand on how we’ve modified the business model canvas.

By Jonah Tisam

Jonah Tisam is a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Policy at AUT and the founder of Govcrate a turnkey e-Government platform. His doctoral thesis is about governance and the New Public Management outcomes in the Cook Islands. After working most of his life with the Government of the Cook Islands, he wanted to look at what is behind a new public management system - whose idea it was, the theories behind this phenomena and where they came from.

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