[Article] Government 4.0 and the Pandemic

In these trying times, the question, as we understand it now - and at least for the foreseeable future - is how to live with COVID-19, rather than after COVID-19.

Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin https://ivado.ca/en/person/nathalie-de-marcellis-warin/ (Polytechnique Montreal & CIRANO (Canada))https://ivado.ca/en/person/nathalie-de-marcellis-warin/ , J. Mark Munoz https://millikin.edu/people/mark-munoz (Millikin University)https://millikin.edu/people/mark-munoz , Thierry Warin https://www.warin.ca (HEC Montréal and CIRANO (Canada))https://www.hec.ca/en/profs/thierry.warin.html


COVID-19 has forced a large part of the world to transition to digital tools rapidly. As candid observers, we are all stunned by the pace at which our various industries have transitioned from a brick and mortar-based office to remote work.

Many of the reasons we were, as a society, resisting this digital switch have gone down to a lower priority level, replaced by the need to adapt to the new risk in town. Many thoughts have been produced recently about the benefits and challenges of this forced digital transition. We often expect governments to play a significant role in this transition. Governments help our societies through multiple vehicles, regulatory and financial (public expenditures, etc.).

Something of particular interest to us amid all the announcements made by our governments is the fact that they emphasize the need for the digital transformation of our economies, but the risk is that governments may want to postpone their digital transformation. An apparent reason could be that they have other priorities right now with COVID-19, which we understand, but we somehow disagree with this argument. The digital transformation of governments goes beyond remote working.

Keywords: Government 4.0, Pandemic, Covid-19



For attribution, please cite this work as

Marcellis-Warin, et al., "Thierry Warin: [Article] Government 4.0 and the Pandemic", California Management Review Insights, 2020

BibTeX citation

  author = {Marcellis-Warin, Nathalie de and Munoz, J. Mark and Warin, Thierry},
  title = {Thierry Warin: [Article] Government 4.0 and the Pandemic},
  journal = {California Management Review Insights},
  year = {2020},
  note = {https://warin.ca/posts/article-government-40/},
  doi = {10.6084/m9.figshare.12580091.v1}