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Technology and Governance Network (TGN)

We are a group of academics and practitioners interested in exploring the impact of information technologies on the emancipation of human beings. To this end we continuously challenge existing ideas, methods and practices that promote the use of technology in areas such as education, business sustainability, health or electronic government.

To support our work we promote the development of methods and frameworks to enable critical reflection, debate and collective action. As a by-product of our research, we aim to generate alternative forms of governance within and across profit and not-for-profit organizations.

The network continues to build on the achievements of the E-government and Local Integration with Sustainability Group (ELIS) group initially set up at the University of Hull. At Royal Holloway, University of London we also contribute to the activities of other groups and research centres.

Our ethos is about promoting inclusiveness, participation and joined up thinking, as well as collaborations of mutual benefit for academia and industry.

Dr José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón (Network Coordinator)
School of Management
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, UK
TW20 0EX
Email: j.r.cordoba-pachon@rhul.ac.uk

Dr Endrit Kromidha
School of Management,
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, UK 
TW20 0EX 
Email: endrit.kromidha@rhul.ac.uk


Kromidha, E. (forthcoming) “ Transitions of power in multi-actor information systems projects”. International Journal of Project Management.

Kromidha, E. and Córdoba, J.R (2017) “ Discursive institutionalism for reconciling change and stability in digital innovation public sector projects for development”. Government Information Quarterly 33(1): 16-25.

Kromidha, E. and Córdoba-Pachón, J.R. “ Discursive institutionalism for reconciling change and stability in digital innovation public sector projects for development”. Government Information Quarterly 34(1): 16-25.

Córdoba-Pachón, J.R. “Post-conflict and ICTs: coverage, stupidity or what else?” ICT4D Briefings

Cegarra-Navarro, J.G., Córdoba-Pachón, J.R., García-Pérez, A. “Tuning knowledge ecosystems: exploring links between hotels’ knowledge structures and online government services provision”.Journal of Technology Transfer 42(2): 302-319.

IT Goes Green: Systemic Approaches to IT Policy Making, Design, Evaluation and Management, José Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón & Jorge Marx Gómez (2013)
This paper appears in the International Journal of Information Technology and the Systems Approach, edited by Frank Stowell and Manuel Mora, Copyright 2013, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.

Searching upon the Limits of E-Government and E-Participation — A Systemic Appraisal
Chapter 1 of Systems Thinking and E-participation (2010) PDF


Presentations & seminars

e-Information disclosure for enhancing transparency in public administration
Prof. Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar, University of Granada(2012) PDF

Online disclosure of university social responsibility
Raquel Garde Sánchez, University of Granada (2012) PPT

Evaluación del Gobierno Electrónico: Experiencias y Perspectivas,
José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón, RHUL (2011) PDF

Digital Government in the UK seminar
David Pullinger, Central Office of Information, UK (2010) MP3

E-government and inter-operability seminar
Juan Ignacio Criado, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2010) MP3

Our network involves academics and practitioners working in different parts of the world. Some of the people associated with the network are:

Dr Teresa Torres-Coronas
eManagement Research Group
Universitat Rovira I Virgili
Av. de la Universitat, 1 (Reus - 43204)
Catalonia, Spain
Email: teresa.torres@urv.cat

Dr Alejandro Ochoa-Arias
Interpretive Systemology Department
Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela.
Avenida 3, Independencia.
Mérida, Estado de Mérida, Venezuela
Email: aleochoa@ula.ve

Dr J. Ignacio Criado, PhD
Department of Political Science and International Relations
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Law, Politics and Economics Building, 1st floor, office 2.
C/ Marie Curie, 1, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid, Spain
Email: Ignacio.criado@uam.es  Blog: www.jicriado.com

Dr Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro
Business Science Faculty
Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena
C/ Real, nº 3, 30201 Cartagena (Murcia) Spain
Email: juan.cegarra@upct.es

Federico Monteverde, MSc
Agency for the Development of Electronic Government, Information Society and Knowledge Society (AGESIC)
Government of Uruguay
Andes 1365 piso 7°, Montevideo, Uruguay
Email: federico.monteverde@agesic.gub.uy

Our activities so far

Members of the network are continuously engaged in consultancy projects, educational courses and exchange visits.


Our annual seminar took place at Royal Holloway, University of London on November 2nd 2017. We invited Dave Whiteland to talk about civic technologies, an emerging area of interest for research and practice that links our previous activities on electronic government and citizen participation. José-Rodrigo’s take on civic technologies can be found in a recent blog entry on civic technologies and human reasoning. » Video of the civic technologies seminar Nov 2nd 2017

José-Rodrigo attended the 3rd Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTEC) in Florence in April 2017. It was a great experience to engage with a community of committed individuals who want to empower citizens through technologies and thus enhance participation and engagement with governments around the world. 

Civic technologies is an emerging phenomenon which deserves attention for its potential and ways of engaging citizens online.  A dedicated post about this conference is available in our TGN blog.


Endrit Kromidha has successfully engaged with the area of online crowd funding. This is a promising area in which governance takes a different meaning in developed and developing contexts.

As a result Endrit has produced the following publications, plenaries and conference outputs:

  • Kromidha, E., & Robson, P. (2016). Social identity and signalling success factors in online crowdfunding. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 28(9-10), 605-629.
  • Kromidha, E., (2016). Online crowdfunding for collaboration beyond national borders. British Council’s Hammamet Conference, 24-26 November 2016, Hammamet, Tunisia.
  • Kromidha, E., (2016). Digital innovations for financial inclusiveness: ICTs and crowdfunding in emerging economies. Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), 16 November 2016. Madeira, Portugal.
  • Robson, P.; Kromidha, E., (2016). Digital presence and organisational factors in international new ventures. 30th annual British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, 6 – 8 September 2016, Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Sulafah Basahel successfully defended her PhD thesis titled “A Soft Systems Framework for Online Distance Education: The Case of Saudi Arabia” in November 2016 and was awarded her doctorate degree in December 2016. This thesis provides key insights into how online systems for education could be better planned and managed. Congratulations Sulafah!


From the end of 2014 to 2016, collaborators of the TGN have consolidated their research agendas within, as well as, outside the network. Some of the recent publications from collaboration include:

Collaborators from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) have successfully established NOVAGOB, a Spanish-language online community dedicated to study the impact of technology in public administrations. Access to the network is via the following link: http://www.novagob.org/

In addition, collaborators from Universitat Rovira I Virgili have launched the first Social and Business Research Laboratory (SBRLab) Virtual Conference. The conference provided valuable insights for the study of the post-crisis global society. Further information can be found at: http://wwwa.fundacio.urv.cat/congressos/sbr-lab/en

At Royal Holloway the network has supported events organised by other groupings, including an international workshop on Effective Leadership in ICT Innovation for Healthcare. The workshop was organised by Dr Roberta Bernardi from the School of Management. Roberta continues her research on ICT-led innovations in the healthcare sectors, with particular emphasis in the UK. Further information about her research can be found in her blog at: http://ict4healthresearch.blogspot.co.uk/


A call for papers on professions and technology is being launched for the Journal of Professions and Organization. This is an Oxford Edited Journal and José-Rodrigo is part of the editorial team for this special issue. The topic is groundbreaking and aims to gather inter-disciplinary perspectives.
Further information can be found here: Call for papers on professions and technology
Any queries please email  J.R.Cordoba-Pachon@royalholloway.ac.uk

Summer 2014 has been quite productive with the visit of Prof. Teresa Torres-Coronas to London. We shared good ideas and experiences about the topic of creativity for business education. Teresa arrived after she and José-Rodrigo had delivered the second version of the virtual course on social entrepreneurship at Universitat Rovira I Virgili. The course had a good turnout and positive feedback from students.

In February Dr Roberta Bernardi from Royal Holloway and Prof. Mark Exworthy from the University of Birmingham were awarded £3,904 from the British Academy of Management for a project entitled ' The role of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in fostering the adoption and diffusion of telehealth in the UK'. This research investigates the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in designing and implementing sustainable and scalable telehealth services in partnership with the private sector. The aim is to understand how CCGs collaborate with technology suppliers for the take-up of telehealth nationwide.

A guest lecture on the topic of e-government was delivered by José-Rodrigo Córdoba to students of the MSc in Practising Sustainable Development that is currently run by the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway in January. The lecture aimed to be thought provoking on how e-government has resulted in official and unofficial versions, and how researchers can pursue new avenues of research in the subject.

In January Endrit Kromidha and José-Rodrigo Córdoba published a research paper titled ' Bridging the gaps between e-government practice and research: A meta-study for policy development' in the International Journal of Public Sector Management. This paper proposes a number of links between e-government policy and its implementation as reflected in relevant publications. It suggests the importance of using appropriate language and concepts to facilitate these links. The paper abstract can be seen at www.emeraldinsight.com.


A special issue on IT Goes Green was co-edited by José-Rodrigo Córdoba and published by the International Journal of Information Technology and the Systems Approach (IJITSA, published by IGI Global). The issue considers a variety of perspectives and approaches related to the use of IT to meet green targets. Further information and a link to the editorial preface can be found here.

The event on “Public Service Professions and Technology” on the 6th of June 2013 was a success, with over 40 international participants from the UK and elsewhere. Two follow-up activities are being considered: 1) A special issue for a journal and 2) a research project bid.

A virtual course on Social Entrepreneurship was successfully delivered by José-Rodrigo Córdoba and Dr Teresa Torres from Universitat Rovira I Virgili. The course will be delivered again in 2014.


In 2012 Royal Holloway hosted a number of international visitors from Spain. Professor Juan Cegarra from Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena delivered a research seminar in May entitled Knowledge management in hospital-in-the-home care units to staff, students and external guests which was very well attended.

Between June and August a research visit by Raquel Garde-Sanchez from Universidad de Granada took place. This visit helped establish some initial possibilities for collaboration, and as a result, a working paper is being co-authored with Raquel on the topic of social responsibility in government organisations.

Raquel Garde-Sanchez

Photo left to right: Jose-Rodrigo Cordoba (Royal Holloway), Raquel Garde (Universidad de Granada in Spain) and Adrian Coronado (Royal Holloway) at a Spanishfarewell lunch for Raquel in Egham in August 2012.

In October Francisco Rojas from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid began a one year visit to  conduct research on the use of social media in the political process. We expect this visit to be very fruitful and yield valuable insights that could be used in future research papers, as well as in educational programmes in both universities. 

In November 2012 Jose-Rodrigo Cordoba will be a keynote speaker at the E-Governance for Small States conference organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Further details can be found here. To finish this month and close the activities of 2012 another international seminar at Royal Holloway has been organised with Raquel and Dr Manuel Pedro Rodriguez Universidad de Granada on the topic of electronic information and accountability, further details here.


Federico Monteverde and José-Rodrigo CórdobaIn 2011 members of the network took part in the 1st International Forum on E-Government, which gathered policymakers, practitioners and government officers from Latin America to share best practices and experiences on e-government implementation and citizen participation. The forum was organized by the Uruguayan Government Agency for the Promotion of E-government and the Information Society ( AGESIC). The picture (right) shows Federico Monteverde and José-Rodrigo Córdoba at the AGESIC International Forum in Montevideo in May 2011.

2004 - 2010


Systems Thinking and E-Participation

Building on the achievements of the former E-government and Local Integration with Sustainability Group (ELIS) at the University of Hull, since 2004 the TGN has met several times on a biannual basis to discuss possibilities for research and develop joint efforts.

A co-edited book on “Systems Thinking and E-participation” was produced and launched in 2010. It gathers contributions about e-government and systems thinking, frameworks to understand and intervene on socio-technical phenomena and case studies from around the world.

2017 TGN annual talk

TGN annual talk by Dave Whiteland

TGN annual talk 2017

Webinar/talk by Dave Whiteland on civic technologies (centre), hosted by Jose-Rodrigo (left) and Endrit (right).


Online accountability seminar


Seminar on Public Sector Online Accountability at Royal Holloway with Dr Manuel Pedro Rodriguez Bolivar and Dr Raquel Sanchez Garde from University of Granada, Spain.


Research visit to Milan


Visit to Politecnico di Milano to work jointly with PhD student Francesca Mapelli.


Book launch and seminar

Systems Thinking & E-participation book launch

From left to right: Dr Juan-Ignacio Criado (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Dr José-Rodrigo Córdoba-Pachón (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr David Pullinger (Central Office of Information, UK Government)


Knowledge management seminar

Prof. Juan Cegarra seminar

Professor Juan Cegarra from Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena at his seminar on Knowledge management in hospital-in-the-home care units at Royal Holloway in May 2012.


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