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Empowered cities? An analysis of the structure and generated value of the smart city Ghent

Bastiaan Baccarne (UGent) , Peter Mechant (UGent) and Dimitri Schuurman (UGent)
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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.
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Smart City, Multi-Stakeholder Network, Collaborative Value Creation, Innovation Ecosystems, Living Labs

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Baccarne, Bastiaan, Peter Mechant, and Dimitri Schuurman. 2014. “Empowered Cities? An Analysis of the Structure and Generated Value of the Smart City Ghent.” In Smart City : How to Create Public and Economic Value with High Technology in Urban Space, ed. Renata Paola Dameri and Camille Rosenthal-Sabroux, 157–182. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
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Baccarne, B., Mechant, P., & Schuurman, D. (2014). Empowered cities? An analysis of the structure and generated value of the smart city Ghent. In R. P. Dameri & C. Rosenthal-Sabroux (Eds.), Smart city : how to create public and economic value with high technology in urban space (pp. 157–182). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
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Baccarne B, Mechant P, Schuurman D. Empowered cities? An analysis of the structure and generated value of the smart city Ghent. In: Dameri RP, Rosenthal-Sabroux C, editors. Smart city : how to create public and economic value with high technology in urban space. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 157–82.
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Baccarne, Bastiaan, Peter Mechant, and Dimitri Schuurman. “Empowered Cities? An Analysis of the Structure and Generated Value of the Smart City Ghent.” Smart City : How to Create Public and Economic Value with High Technology in Urban Space. Ed. Renata Paola Dameri & Camille Rosenthal-Sabroux. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2014. 157–182. Print.
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  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.},
  author       = {Baccarne, Bastiaan and Mechant, Peter and Schuurman, Dimitri},
  booktitle    = {Smart city : how to create public and economic value with high technology in urban space},
  editor       = {Dameri, Renata Paola and Rosenthal-Sabroux, Camille},
  isbn         = {9783319061603},
  keyword      = {Smart City,Multi-Stakeholder Network,Collaborative Value Creation,Innovation Ecosystems,Living Labs},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {157--182},
  publisher    = {Springer International Publishing},
  series       = {Progress in IS},
  title        = {Empowered cities? An analysis of the structure and generated value of the smart city Ghent},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06160-3\_8},
  year         = {2014},
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