Call for Chapters: Digital Transformation in Public Sector Human Resource Management


Elvin Shava, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Nduduzo Ndebele, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2024
Full Chapters Due: April 8, 2024


The proliferation of modern digital technologies and other Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) ushered in by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) cannot be ignored in African public institutions. The digital age characterised by cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and various other technologies, has become a driving force for public sector human resources managers to reform and ensure that the job descriptions are aligned to emerging concepts and models in the rapidly changing technological environment. This book explores how human resources management processes can be digitally transformed in the public sector to make them more responsive to changing stakeholder needs, ensure proper performance evaluation of employees, foster a conducive workplace, become digitally competitive, improve decision-making in hiring and selection including enhancing the training and development of public sector employees. By using various examples and case studies in public administration, the book will explore some of the existing and current impediments that may affect public-sector human resource management in implementing digital reforms, adopting modern technologies and implementing innovative strategies that can help attain efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public goods and services.


The objectives of this book are centred around reconfiguring how human resource management processes can be digitally transformed in public institutions to deliver services in the dynamic work environment that is influenced by the modern technologies of the 4IR. Various cases of nepotism and corruption in recruiting individuals to public offices are rampant in many public sector institutions in Africa. The book addresses some of the impediments experienced by human resources practitioners in the public sector in their quest to ensure employee wellness, performance evaluation and accelerating service delivery using modern 4IR technologies. The book will draw from global lessons and best practices regarding the implementation of digital technologies and ICTs in enhancing the role of human resource management processes in the public sector.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book includes professionals and individuals who are involved in the field of public sector human resource management. This book is relevant to scholars, consultants, researchers, analysts, public managers, policy makers, students studying public administration, post-doctoral research fellows, human resource managers and practitioners and other related fields. The book will provide insights into how digital transformation can be useful in improving public sector human resource management.

Recommended Topics

• Understanding Digital transformation in public sector HRM.
• Drivers of digital transformation in public sector HRM.
• Role of HRM in advancing change in the public sector.
• Deployment of modern digital technologies and ICTs in public sector HRM.
• Digital hiring and selection of employees in the public sector.
• Digital workforce planning and management in the public sector.
• Ensuring digital talent management in the public sector HRM.
• Talent acquisition for influencing digital transformation in the public sector
• Talent retention for improved performance management.
• Talent poaching /War for Talent in the public sector.
• Talent wastage in public sector HRM.
• Investment in workforce skills training and development.
• Employee performance evaluation, diversity and inclusion.
• Appraising and managing performance in the public sector.
• Smart Human Resources Systems in the public sector.
• Disruptive innovations in public sector HRM
• Human Resource (HR) Analytics and Decision Making.
• Challenges of adopting modern technologies in public sector HRM.
• Opportunities for adopting modern technologies in public sector HRM.
• Best practices and case studies for implementing digital technologies in public sector HRM.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2024, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by March 11, 2024 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 8, 2024, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Digital Transformation in Public Sector Human Resource Management. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2024.

Important Dates

February 28, 2024: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 11, 2024: Notification of Acceptance
April 8, 2024: Full Chapter Submission
April 28, 2024: Review Results Returned
May 26, 2024: Final Acceptance Notification
June 2, 2024: Final Chapter Submission


Elvin Shava
University of KwaZulu Natal

Nduduzo Ndebele
University of KwaZulu Natal


Government and Law; Social Sciences and Humanities
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