Governance structures in cross-boundary information sharing: Lessons from state and local criminal justice initiatives

Pardo, T. A., Gil-Garcia, J. R., and Burke, G. B.
Jan. 4, 2008


Proceedings of the Forty-First Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008), Fri, 4 Jan 2008, p.211

Governments are increasingly using collaborative, cross-boundary strategies to face complex social problems. Many of these cross-boundary initiatives have at their core the use, and in many cases, the sharing of information and communication technologies. In fact, government managers and researchers alike are now recognizing the value and great opportunities offered by cross-boundary information sharing, in particular. Current research has identified important factors that affect these cross-boundary information sharing initiatives Governance structures are among those factors found to be important in cross-boundary information sharing. However, there is little research about the determinants of an effective governance structure in these multi-organizational settings. Based on semistructured interviews with participants in four state and local government criminal justice initiatives, this paper systematically identifies the determinants of governance structures for cross-boundary information sharing initiatives. By doing so, this study contributes to theory, but also supports the development of more specific guidelines for public managers and other individuals involved in crossboundary information sharing.

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