Many hands make light work: towards a framework of digital co-production to co-creation on social platforms

Alam, Sultana Lubna 2020, Many hands make light work: towards a framework of digital co-production to co-creation on social platforms, Information technology and people, pp. 1-32, doi: 10.1108/ITP-05-2019-0231.

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Title Many hands make light work: towards a framework of digital co-production to co-creation on social platforms
Author(s) Alam, Sultana Lubna
Journal name Information technology and people
Start page 1
End page 32
Total pages 32
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2020-09-23
ISSN 0959-3845
Keyword(s) Co-Production
Co-creation
Social media
e-government
Disruptive technology
Summary Purpose Recent technological advances have enabled consumers and citizens to contribute to organizational processes through co-production and co-creation in ways that challenge traditional co-production. However, the practices and capabilities for value co-creation are less understood, particularly in an increasingly networked social government ecosystem. The purpose of this research is to examine the enablement of new digital co-production practices in social media platforms (SMPs) and theorize SMP-enabled digital co-production vis-à-vis traditional co-production for public sector. Design/methodology/approach Primarily using principles of interpretivist approaches, a qualitative content analysis of communication practices (i.e. genres) observed within Australian government Facebook pages was carried out to examine the salient digital forms of co-production practices. Findings SMPs enable new practices in digital co-production for public sector (information dissemination, Q&A, feedback and co-creation), ranging from lower to higher intensity in terms of resource integration, scale of contributions, engagement and extent of relationship vis-à-vis traditional co-production. Research limitations/implications This research is bounded by its geographical emphasis on Australian Federal government. Hence, the results may not be readily transferable to other contexts. Practical implications Our framework offers an array of choices for digital co-production strategies to suit agency's focus and goals for engagement in the Facebook Pages. As agencies progress to reach higher intensity co-production, public engagement and impact increases. Originality/value The paper contributes to co-production in social government ecosystem by increasing the theoretical and practical understanding of new form of SMP-enabled digital co-production defined as “small-scale, repetitive, user-driven co-production that is flexible, durable, ad-hoc, and sporadic, where many hands make light work”. The proposed “co-production to co-creation” framework provides valuable guideline for enhancing public service provision via SMPs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/ITP-05-2019-0231
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 0806 Information Systems
0807 Library and Information Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143306

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