Scientific Foundations of Digital Governance and Transformation

Yannis Charalabidis, Project Coordinator for PROMETHEUS, edited and co-authored with distinguished scientists and friends the recently published “Scientific Foundations of Digital Governance and Transformation”. 

The book, as an important step for Digital Governance:

  • Provides scientific systematization of knowledge regarding digital governance and digital transformation
  • Examines concepts, methodologies, architectures, assessment frameworks and future directions for digital governance
  • Envisions a pathway for future research in digital governance and transformation

As Yannis Charalabidis stated: 

We try to lay the foundations for the science of governance with digital means, somewhat as Plato imagined, in his “Politicos”, 2500 years ago. The book is not exactly for relaxing on the beach, but it aims to enlighten researchers and governors on how we can slowly make ICT-enabled governance a repetitive process, with common methods and predictable results. Something that if we achieve, we will have more time for relaxing on the beach and less for fighting in the trenches…

The book of course started as an idea in Samos, 3 years ago, when the Samos Digital Governance Summit was done live. As we hope for this year (2022) too (see more at

The book, structured into three main areas, brings forward the ingredients of this new domain, proposing its needed formal and systematic tools, exploring its relation with neighbouring scientific domains and finally prescribing the next steps for laying the foundations of a new science. The first section focuses on contributions towards the purpose, ingredients and structure of the scientific foundations of digital transformation in the public sector. The second looks at the identification and description of a domain’s scientific problems with a view to stabilizing research products, assessment methods and tools in a reusable, extendable and sustainable manner. The third envisions a pathway for future research to tackle broader governance problems via the applications of information and communication technologies in combination with innovative approaches from neighbouring scientific domains.

Contributing to the analysis of the scientific perspectives of digital governance and digital transformation, this book will be an indispensable tool for students, researchers and practitioners interested in digital governance, digital transformation, information systems, as well as ICT industry experts and policymakers charged with the design, deployment and implementation of public sector information systems.

About the editors

Yannis Charalabidis is Professor of Digital Governance, at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, in Samos, Greece.

Leif Skiftenes Flak is Professor of information systems and Director of CeDiT, Centre for Digital Transformation at the University of Agder (UiA), Norway.

Gabriela Viale Pereira is Assistant Professor for Information Systems at the Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems, Austria.

The book is published by Springer: