Application of Era-Based Cellular Planning for Development of E-Government in Developing Countries

Application of Era-Based Cellular Planning for Development of E-Government in Developing Countries

Ali Asghar Pourezzat (University of Tehran, Iran), Ghazaleh Taheri Attar (Allame Tabatabaei University, Iran) and Sayed Mahdi Sharifmousavi (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jide.2011040101
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Developing countries face numerous problems in the planning process for EG development which makes using linear processes difficult for them, and forces them to consider a specific plan for implementing plans of EG development, using nonlinear complex processes. Era-based cellular planning system (ECPS) provides the possibility for developing countries to follow EG development using non-linear processes to plan, establish, and implement it.
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The process of development is a complex and multilateral one in which different steps can be considered depending on the variety of societies and their different economical, political, and cultural characteristics, as well as the hierarchy of power, agility, and institutionalization of administrative structures. Therefore, on the basis of situation of every society in each era, development of a specific developmental plan becomes necessary. In this regard, the possibility of writing similar prescriptions for development of all societies is rejected, and writing a specific scenario, for development based on the situation of each society in each era, is necessary.

Considering the emergence processes of EG and its influence upon societies, it becomes clear that successful countries have developed a specific plan for themselves, and the most successful countries were those that have written their plans more realistically.

The more different the characteristics of a country from those of the EG inventing country, the more limited the possibility of modeling after them. This point can be analyzed in light of insights from Veblen’s concept of cultural borrowing and cultural lag. In Veblen’s view, the physical manifestations of technology are transmitted more quickly than its cultural manifestations; thus, a kind of pose is created in coping of cultural and social structures with economical and technical ones (Ritzer, 2000).

Another point is that each country is placed in a certain level of development in each point of time. Therefore, each country must have a specific plan for its development. On the basis of this analysis, the situation of no country can be modeled for any other country and even for the same country in future. Consequently, a matrix of different plans for different countries in successive periods can be visualized. This matrix helps each country to get the best plan for development of EG in each point of time.

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