What is it about?

This study’s novelty lies in the context of its analysis and theoretical contribution, which outline an identification of the complexity, advantages and barriers that smart city project managers perceived in an ongoing smart city cluster project. Further, a definition for a smart city project is suggested. This research is within a case study methodology, and was based on a mixed method approach that employed nine key informant interviews and two questionnaires. The results revealed that the project managers perceived different needs and goals within the context of smart city innovation and realization. The project managers perception of smart city was mainly within a smart economy and smart governance perspective. However, the project managers also criticized the relatively less focus on public participations and dialogue-oriented smart city solutions. The perceived major barriers to real smart city implementations were regulations; silos; and the choice of stakeholders, including companies promising too much. The major advantages include the different perspectives and types of knowledge of various stakeholders.

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Why is it important?

To get an overview of the advantages of and barriers to being smart in a smart city


More work is needed to reveal examples of good public participation that motivates and engages citizens in the various contexts of temporal and spatial dynamics in the city. Effective public participation must make sense for both the citizens and the municipalities, meaning that not all technology and data solutions in a smart city correspond to public interest.

Thomas Bjørner
Aalborg Universitet

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This page is a summary of: The advantages of and barriers to being smart in a smart city: The perceptions of project managers within a smart city cluster project in Greater Copenhagen, Cities, July 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103187.
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