Ahmed Imran

Ahmed Imran
University of Canberra · School of Information Technology and Systems, Faculty of Science and Technology

PhD in IS (ANU), MSc in IT (UNSW) GCHE (ANU), FACS

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Introduction
An Information Systems (IS) academic with especial interest/ focus on Strategic use of IT, IT Governance, eGovernment, IT for development/ developing countries (ICT4D), socio-cultural impact of ICT and organizational transformation impacted by ICT. Ahmed’s research focuses on developing theoretical models using socio-technical artefacts for ICT interventions for development, both for public and private organisations, following interpretive and action design research methods.

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Publications (42)
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It is well documented that learning oppourtunities afforded by mobile technology (m-learning) holds great potential to enhance technology-enhanced learning in countries and communities with low socio-economic conditions where web-based e-learning has failed because of limited infrastructure and resources. Despite the potential for m-learning, its a...
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The first International Symposium on Digital Inequality and Social Change (ISDISC) will be held at the University of Canberra, Australia in March 2022. ISDISC aims to raise awareness and share knowledge on digital inequality and social change amongst researchers, practitioners and relevant policy makers through a range of exciting activities. The s...
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Digital privacy has become an essential component of information and communications technology (ICT) systems. There are many existing methods for digital privacy protection, including network security, cryptography, and access control. However, there is still a gap in the digital privacy protection levels available for users. This paper studies the...
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Digital privacy has become an essential component of information and communications technology (ICT) systems. There are many existing methods for digital privacy protection, including network security, cryptography, and access control. However, there is still a gap in the digital privacy protection levels available for users. This paper studies the...
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Agility as a concept is growing and expanding as the complexities around projects rise in this uncertain and hypercompetitive environment. From more flexibility on process and sequences, agility has turned into a philosophical paradigm, a holistic perspective and a mindset that promotes outside the box thinking and innovation. Since there are no se...
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The emergence of informal leaders to supplement the lack of effective formal leadership is common in many workplaces, including information system (IS) organisations. The literature to date has examined informal leadership (including electronic interactions, characteristics and qualities, levels of responsibility and authority, individual and group...
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While digital divide studies primarily focused on access to information and communications technology (ICT) in the past, its influence on other associated dimensions such as privacy is becoming critical with a far-reaching impact on the people and society. For example, the various levels of government legislation and compliance on information priva...
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e-Government systems have the potential to improve societal conditions in developing countries, and yet design knowledge to inform interventions to encourage uptake and use of these systems is sparse. An action design research program addressed the problem of limited adoption of e-government in Bangladesh. Inadequate knowledge of the nature of e-go...
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The extant literature on mobile learning in higher education has mainly focused on students and academics. This study conducted in a Nigerian university considered a wider group of stakeholders (students, academics, IT personnel, and administrative leaders) in its investigation of stakeholders’ awareness, willingness, and readiness for mobile learn...
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The concept of blending mobile learning and cloud computing (cloud-based m-learning) is potentially a strong fit for higher education in developing countries with inadequate infrastructure. Notwithstanding the potential benefits, while a substantial number of theoretical studies exist, there are limited studies focusing on the practical implementat...
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Information technology (IT) innovations in the public sectors of least developed countries (LDCs) are commonly inhibited by managers’ attitudes and reluctance to adopt innovations, as the managers often perceive IT as a threat to the status quo and their power. The vast literature on IT adoption focuses mostly on the technology’s characteristics of...
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Recognizing the need for citizen participation to solve large-scale problems such as climate change induced environmental degradation, governments in developed nations have begun supporting systems facilitating such collaboration. The critical need for such systems in developing countries has inspired this research. Using design science research me...
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Motive is an important underlying reason an organization engages in a particular behavior, which includes initiating a particular information systems adoption. Adoption motives, however, are situational, urging motivational studies to be contingent on the context. The purposes of this paper is therefore twofold: (1) reflecting on the case of Indone...
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Over the last decade, the domain of development studies has viewed, with sufficient reason, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an important catalyst for achieving development goals (Brown, 2010; Walsham and Sahay, 2006; Hanna & Schware, 1990). The innovations and productivity enhancement wrought by ICT in private organisations has pa...
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The rate of e-voting implementation in developing countries is too significant to ignore, yet the lack of theoretical common ground has resulted in dispersed ways of perceiving the technology. The objectives of this paper, therefore, are twofold: (1) providing a thematic landscape and defining the state of the current research on e-voting in develo...
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Despite the huge penetration of mobile technology in Africa and its wide adoption in the region for communication, business and entertainment, it's use in education is not widespread. To investigate this problem within the context of higher education, a systematic review of articles focused on adoption and implementation of mobile learning in Afric...
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With the rapid proliferation of smartphones among citizens, government service providers have shifted their service-delivery focus through mobile services. However, its effective adoption and implementation are still uneven throughout various public sectors. The scarce research in the area prevented the generation of a sound knowledge base for m-se...
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This paper presents the first phase of a study on using course design, including current eLearning and social trends, to overcome challenges in eLearning within developing countries, particularly for vocational/non-mainstream training. The paper outlines the research and development of an ICT artefact using the Action Design Research method. The ar...
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Despite the huge potentialities, the actual growth of information and communications technology (ICT) in the least developed countries (LDCs) is still hindered by a number of factors beyond the infrastructural constraints. However, over the last decade, mobile computing has emerged as an important means to bridge the longstanding digital divide bet...
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With the rapid growth of mobile technology, m-government services, which are an extension of e-government, are increasingly becoming an effective alternative. However, similar to other information and communications technology innovations, m-government faces multiple known and unknown challenges at various levels. Although organizational culture ha...
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While there has been a considerable attention given to individual computer use in the developed world, studies on least developed economies are very limited, where the circumstances, context and issues are very different. Due to the further differences and typical characteristics of public sectors, the variations are often far more acute than gener...
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The paper aims to explore local contextual influences on the adoption of a virtual learning environment in a regional public university in the Philippines. Through an interpretive case study, this paper examines the perspective of teachers, who optionally adopted a VLE and used the concept of ’bayanihan’ to build a small and informal network of sup...
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This study proposes an innovation–development–process framework with specific reference to m-government service in a developing country. This framework may be useful for innovators in considering further innovations of m-service. Prevalent in developing countries, non-web-based m-service is not well explained in extant literature. Developing countr...
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Information systems have the potential to improve societal conditions in developing countries, and yet design theory to inform interventions to encourage uptake and use of these systems is sparse. This paper reports on an action design research project that addressed the problem of limited adoption of e-Government in Bangladesh. Inadequate knowledg...
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The adoption of e-government and effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has the potential to yield significant benefits in the developing countries. This study investigates strategies to advance the use of ICT in the public sector in developing countries, with the aim of improving services and outcomes for government and...
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With the unprecedented growth of mobile technologies, governments of both developed and developing countries have started adopting mobile services in the form of m-government. While the vendors and practitioners are heavily engaged in this transformation, the scholarly world is lagging to keep pace with the progress and to provide clear theoretical...
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This paper describes a successful intervention to facilitate the adoption of e-government in a least developed country. The action design research project adopted an unusual approach to facilitating e-government based on earlier grounded research that identified particular underlying inhibitors to adoption. In this case, the need to increase the kn...
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E-learning projects in developing countries suffer enormous challenges because of various factors. Particularly, technologies that are designed and developed outside of a developing country context are causing significant problems when implemented in developing countries. So far e-learning studies in developing countries have examined utilization,...
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Least developed countries (LDCs), have been struggling to find a workable strategy to adopt information and communication technology (ICT) and e-government in their public sector organizations. Despite a number of high-level initiatives at national and international levels, the progress is still unsatisfactory in this area. Consequently, the countr...
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Least developed countries (LDCs), have been struggling to find a workable strategy to adopt information and communication technology (ICT) and e-government in their public sector organizations. Despite a number of high-level initiatives at national and international levels, the progress is still unsatisfactory in this area. Consequently, the countr...
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Least developed countries (LDCs), have been struggling to find a workable strategy to adopt information and communication technology (ICT) and e-government in their public sector organizations. Despite a number of high-level initiatives at national and international levels, the progress is still unsatisfactory in this area. Consequently, the countr...
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Bangladesh, in common with many least developed countries, has been struggling to find a workable strategy to adopt information and communication technology (ICT) and e-government in its public sector organizations. There has been no satisfactory progress in this area despite a number of high-level initiatives. As a result, the country is failing t...
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Information communication technology (ICT) adoption in the least developed countries (LDC) suffers from complex socio- cultural problems, where lack of knowledge and attitude towards ICT are the major stumbling blocks for ICT adoption in the public sector of Bangladesh. This empirical study was carried out through a quantitative survey across 352 g...
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This paper describes a key strategy formulated for a least developed country, Bangladesh, as a part of an eGovernment capacity building project under the auspices of the Australian Government's Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP). The project was initiated based on the findings of an ongoing PhD, which identified lack of knowledge and attitudes a...
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This paper presents some early results from research in progress investigating whether the use of market segmentation can aid in the design of e-government services. It reviews the formal characteristics of market segmentations and then proposes measurement dimensions to aid in identifying e-government service segments in a previously defined segme...
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The adoption and effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has the potential to yield significant benefits in the least developed countries (LDCs), which are recognized as the most vulnerable in the international community. The aim of this study was to investigate strategies to advance the use of ICT in the public sector in...
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This paper outlines an applied research project which was successfully conducted in Bangladesh. Prior research has shown that attitudes and a lack of knowledge have been the major stumbling blocks preventing ICT adoption in Bangladesh"s public sector. Accordingly, this one year project under the auspices of the Australian Government"s Public Sector...
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Adoption of ICT in the public sector of the least developed countries (LDCs) is still far from satisfactory, despite many initiatives at international and national levels. In addition to perceived barriers associated with LDCs, such as lack of political will and commitment, leadership, infrastructure, human capacity etc, this empirical study has fo...
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While there are identified factors that inhibit information communication technology (ICT) adoption in the public sector of LDCs such as lack of knowledge, attitude and mindset, leadership, socio-economic condition, infrastructure and so on, another implicit and relatively unexplored factor, the "vested interest" of some stakeholder groups, often b...

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The research uncovered a solution to the complex puzzle leading to a prescriptive model for e‐government adoption. An intervention was designed to foster a greater understanding of ICT amongst decision makers, funded by the then AusAID Public Sector Linkages Program. The first phase of the project led to (i) a five‐year strategic pathway for eGovernment adoption in Bangladesh, (ii) a custom‐built intensive training workshop for senior government officials, (iii) Training workshops to 107 senior/mid‐level government officers, and (iv) the production/distribution of an ICT Management Handbook. The second phase focused on building a long‐term institutional capacity through a well‐designed locally suited training course included in the curriculum of the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC). In three courses over the two years, more than 100 officers and educators have been trained. The training course continues as an enlisted course after the life of the project. The curriculum is a proven testimony of effective knowledge transfer to an overseas government, designed to build capacity so that important governance matters can be properly handled and knowledge gap can be bridged irrespective of the participants' background on IT. The project made a valuable contribution to Bangladesh through its e‐government capacity building and laying foundation for visions for a Digital Government. The project addressed a real‐world problem through research and attracted substantial attention and positive responses from many developing countries.
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The research aims to: • improve the understanding of how parents from different ethnic and indigenous communities in Australia perceive the risks to their children’s well-being from the use of the Internet. • develop actions to manage these risks, through the design of appropriate information systems