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Smart City pp 157-182 | Cite as

Empowered Cities? An Analysis of the Structure and Generated Value of the Smart City Ghent

  • Bastiaan Baccarne
  • Peter Mechant
  • Dimitri Schuurman
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Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)

Abstract

Smart cities have gained momentum as a conceptual model which embodies a fresh wave of techno-optimism and emphasizes the positive effects of ICT and other innovative technologies in a city, often in combination with multidisciplinary collaborative partnerships. This article assesses a series of six smart city initiatives within one local city ecosystem by proposing a conceptual framework which is then used to analyze the architecture, value flows and contextual dimensions of the smart city Ghent. The results of our analysis show the multi-level collaborative value creation potential in a smart city and shed light on the complexity of these processes. The main conclusion is that current smart city initiatives face the challenge of evolving from demonstrators towards real sustainable value. Smart cities often have a technological deterministic, project-based approach, which forecloses a sustainable, permanent and growing future for the project outcomes.

Keywords

Smart city Multi-stakeholder network Collaborative value creation  Living labs Innovation ecosystems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bastiaan Baccarne
    • 1
  • Peter Mechant
    • 1
  • Dimitri Schuurman
    • 1
  1. 1.iMinds—MICTGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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