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Developing capabilities in smart city ecosystems: a multi-level approach

Gupta, Anushri, Panagiotopoulos, Panos and Bowen, Frances (2023) Developing capabilities in smart city ecosystems: a multi-level approach. Organization Studies, 44 (10). 1703 - 1724. ISSN 0170-8406

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Identification Number: 10.1177/01708406231164114


Smart city projects require complex coordination of resources, but research on how capabilities form at the city-ecosystem level remains scarce. This article develops a multi-level approach to capability development in smart city ecosystems through an empirical study of London’s city data. We analyse the London case to discover how two ecosystem-level capabilities – data provisioning and data insights – developed through global, configural and shared aggregation processes. We find that the emergence process changes as the smart city ecosystem develops, requiring different coordination and resource mobilisation mechanisms at various stages. We contribute to the capability development and smart city literatures by focusing on ecosystem-level capabilities linked to collective city-level outcomes rather than the capabilities of the leading city authority. Insights from the study are of value to city authorities considering how to scale up and organise smart city initiatives in support of urban development goals.

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Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 15:57
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 18:15

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