J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

Department of Public Administration & Policy
International Affairs
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
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J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

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Specialization: Government Information Strategy and Management

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, PhD, MS is a professor with tenure in the Department of Public Administration and Policy and the Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Gil-Garcia is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and of the Mexican National System of Researchers as Researcher Level III, which is the highest distinction a researcher can obtain before becoming Researcher Emeritus as a result of a life-long career of research contributions.  In 2009, he was considered the most prolific author in the field of digital government research worldwide and in 2013 he was selected for the Research Award, which is "the highest distinction given annually by the Mexican Academy of Sciences to outstanding young researchers."  More recently, Dr. Gil-Garcia was named “One of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government” in 2018 and 2019 by Apolitical, which is a nonprofit organization based in London, United Kingdom. In 2021, he was one of the recipients of the two inaugural Digital Government Society (DGS) Fellows Awards. Currently, he is also a professor of the Business School at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico, a Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Information Science Doctorate Program at the College of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, University at Albany.  Previously, he was a Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City.

Dr. Gil-Garcia is the author or co-author of articles in prestigious international journals in Public Administration, Information Systems, and Digital Government such as The International Public Management Journal, Public Management Review, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, European Journal of Information Systems, Information & Management, Information Polity, Public Policy and Administration, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Money and Management, Urban Affairs Review, Social Science Computer Review, Journal of Government Information, International Journal of Electronic Government Research, Public Finance and Management, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Electronic Journal of Electronic Government, Information Technologies and International Development, International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, Journal of e-Democracy and Open Government, International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce, Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, International Journal of Electronic Governance, International Journal on Computers, Systems and Signals, Politics Administration and Change, Reforma y Democracia, Gestión y Política Pública, Espiral: Estudios sobre Estado y Sociedad, Convergencia, Ciencias de Gobierno, Ciencia Ergo Sum, Administración Pública y Sociedad, and Espacios Públicos.  Some of his publications are among the most cited in the field of digital government research worldwide.  His research interests include collaborative digital government, inter-organizational collaboration and information integration, smart cities and smart governments, data and data analytics for decision making, artificial intelligence in government, adoption and implementation of emergent technologies, digital divide policies, information technologies in the budget process, digital government success factors, information technologies and organizations, education administration and policy, new public management, public policy evaluation, and multi-method research approaches.

Dr. Gil-Garcia has extensive teaching experience and has collaborated with 12 universities, including departments of Public Administration, Government, Political Science, Social Science, Information Studies, and Management Information Systems. He has lectured on topics such as Public Management, Policy Analysis, Organization Theory, Database Applications, Statistics, Web Development, Quantitative Analysis and Modeling, Research Methods, Systems Analysis and Design, Public Administration Theory, Local Government Management, and Information Technologies in the Public Sector, among others.  Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gil-Garcia held several government positions, including systems analyst, responsible for the data processing system, and the director's Executive Assistant at the General Direction of Rural Development, Secretary of Agricultural Development of the State of Mexico.  Dr. Gil-Garcia also has many years of experience as a consultant for federal, state, and local government agencies.  He has been a volunteer and leader of several non-profit organizations and is an active member of professional associations in related fields such as Public Administration, Information Systems, Public Policy, and Political Science.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gil-Garcia received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany, MS in Public Administration and Policy from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico, and BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.

Selected Publications

  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Theresa A. Pardo, and Manuel De Tuya. (2021). Information Sharing as a Dimension of Smartness: Understanding Benefits and Challenges in Two Mega Cities. Urban Affairs Review, 57 (1): 8–34.  DOI: 10.1177/1078087419843190
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon and Miguel Angel Flores Zuñiga. (2020). Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Digital Government Success: Integrating Implementation and Adoption Factors. Government Information Quarterly, 37 (4).  DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2020.101518
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Mila Gasco-Hernandez, and Theresa A. Pardo. (2020). Beyond Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration? A Reflection on the Dimensions of Open Government.  Public Performance and Management Review, 43 (3): 483-502.  DOI: 10.1080/15309576.2020.1734726
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Sharon S. Dawes, and Theresa A. Pardo. (2018). Digital Government and Public Management Research: Finding the Crossroads.  Public Management Review, 20 (5): 633-646.  DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2017.1327181
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon and Djoko Sigit Sayogo. (2016). Government Inter-Organizational Information Sharing Initiatives: Understanding the Main Determinants of Success. Government Information Quarterly, 33 (3): 572–582.  DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2016.01.006
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Theresa A. Pardo and Taewoo Nam. (2015). What Makes a City Smart? Identifying Core Components and Proposing an Integrative and Comprehensive Conceptualization. Information Polity, 20 (1): 61–87.  DOI: 10.3233/IP-150354
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon. (2012). Enacting Electronic Government Success: An Integrative Study of Government-wide Websites, Organizational Capabilities, and Institutions. New York, NY: Springer.  [https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9781461420149]
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Indushobha Chengalur-Smith and Peter Duchessi. (2007). Collaborative E-Government: Impediments and Benefits of Information Sharing Projects in the Public Sector. European Journal of Information Systems, 16(2): 121-133.  DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000673
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon and Theresa A. Pardo. (2005). E-Government Success Factors: Mapping Practical Tools to Theoretical Foundations. Government Information Quarterly, 22 (2): 187–216.  DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2005.02.001