Four universities-partners (Siauliai University (Lithuania), Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany), University of Latvia (Latvia) and University of Tartu (Estonia)) is implementing the international scientific project ʺE-leadership in local government organizationsʺ (01.06.2019-15.11.2019). This project of the Baltic-German University Liaison Office is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic Germany (agreement No. 2019/14 on financing the project of the Baltic german university liaison office /Nr.SU-27- (8.2)).
Digitalisation as a part of e-government initiatives in public organizations in the Baltic countries represents a huge project in the last few decades that has been boosted with a considerable financial support by the countries and the EU. Within a short period of time, the IT-based communication has become an integral part of the working life in local government organizations. The digitalization is changing the perception of organization management, processes of control, accountability for results and the evaluation of the efficiency of servants’ activity.
Scientists of this project will investigate how digitalisation frames leadership processes and what kind of challenges emerge from it in local government organizations. This research will involve the analysis of daily practices of management in Baltic States and Germany.
Project goals: 1) To establish a Baltic-German expert group of e-leadership in public contexts; 2) To integrate the following research threads: a) leadership in local government organizations b) digitalisation and leadership (e-leadership); c) digitalization in local government organizations with a special focus on the Baltic States and Germany; 3) To prepare a multilingual instrument for an empirical qualitative country-comparison of e-leadership in public contexts; 4) To conduct a qualitative pre-test study of the instrument, comprising Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Germany.
Planned activities of the project: meetings of project partners in Latvia and Lithuania; the conceptualization of the research object of e-leadership; prepared multilingual instrument for qualitative research; conducted pre-test study; conducted comparative analysis of research results in Baltic States and Germany; presented results for academic society and leaders of local government institutions.
First meeting of project partners was held in University of Latvia (Latvia) in 19-21 of June, 2019. Partners have discussed project theoretical and methodological approaches, met with academic and social partners to discuss practical implications of e-leadership in Latvia and other countries.