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Yu-Che ChenYu-Che Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Digital Governance
Date of Appointment at UNO: January 2014

Phone: (402) 554.2625
Fax: (402) 554.2682
Office: CPACS 111

Primary Expertise

Digital (Electronic) Governance
Information and Technology Management
Collaborative Public Management
Network Management
Research Methods


Ph.D. in Public Policy (2000), School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University – Bloomington
MPA (1993), School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University – Bloomington
BS (1990) in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, National Taiwan University

Courses taught

Theory and Analysis of Public Administration (Doctoral seminar)
Information Technology and Management in Public Service Organizations (MPA)
Public Management Information Systems (MPA)
Public Program Evaluation and Methods (MPA)
Public Service Performance Management and Analysis (MPA)
Quantitative Research Methods (Doctoral) and Research Methods (MPA)

Honors & Awards

ASPA President Citation of Merit (2013)
MPA Professor of the Year (Northern Illinois University) (2007, 2009, 2013)
Junior Faculty Achievement Award (Iowa State University) (2006)

Professional Research

Professor Chen’s current research projects focus on various aspects of digital governance: cross-boundary ICT-enabled collaboration, smart city governance, e-governance performance, big data, and open government. He has published over 30 journal articles, book chapters, and management reports on electronic and collaborative governance. His recent co-edited book is entitled Electronic Governance and Cross-boundary Collaboration. His research can be found in scholarly journals such as Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Performance and Management Review, and Government Information Quarterly. His most recent management report published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government is entitled “Realizing the Full Potential of XBRL in Government: Case Studies of XBRL Implementation.”


Chen, Yu-Che (forthcoming in 2014), “Advancing Smart Urban Governance: Integrating Institutional Analysis and Complex System Perspectives.” International Journal of eGovernance and Networks.

Chen, Yu-Che and Tsui-Chuan Hsieh, (forthcoming in 2014), “Big Data for Digital Government: Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies,” in International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age.

Chen, Yu-Che, (2013), “Improving Transparency in the Financial Sector: E-Government XBRL Implementation in the United States,” in Public Performance and Management Review, 37(2): 241-262.

Melissa Foster and Yu-Che Chen, (2013),“Municipal Social Media Policy: A Best Practice Model,” in Saqib Saeed and Christopher G. Reddick (Eds.), Human-Centered System Design for Electronic Governance, Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Chen, Yu-Che and Pin-Yu Chu (Editors),(2012), E-Governance and Cross-boundary Collaboration: Innovations and Advancing Tools, Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Chen, Yu-Che, (2012), “A Comparative Study of E-Government XBRL Implementations: The Potential of Improving Information Transparency and Efficiency,” in Government Information Quarterly, 29(4): 553-563.

Chen, Yu-Che, (2012), “A Framework for Government 2.0 Development and Implementation: The Case of U.S. Federal Government,” in Yu-Che Chen and Pin-Yu Chu (Eds.), E-Governance and Cross-boundary Collaboration.

Chen, Yu-Che and Jian-Chuan Zhang, (2012), “Citizen-centric E-government Performance: Satisfaction with E-information,” in Electronic Government, An International Journal, 9(4): 388-402.

Chen, Yu-Che, (November 2010), “Citizen-centric E-government Services: Understanding Integrated Citizen Service Information Systems,” in Social Science Computer Review 28(4): 427-442.

Professional Activities

Professor Chen is associate editor of the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age and is on the board of the International Journal of E-Governance and Networks. He regularly reviews journal article manuscripts for leading journals in public administration. In addition, he is the Chair of the Section on Science and Technology in Government in the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). For ASPA, he also serves on the Executive Committee of the Section on Public Administration Research. Internationally, he currently serves on the advisory board of the Taiwan E-Governance Research Center and is a regular reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.