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Smart city governance: exploring the institutional work of multiple actors towards collaboration

Laura Broccardo (Department of Management, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy)
Francesca Culasso (Department of Management, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy)
Sara Giovanna Mauro (Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 29 March 2019

Issue publication date: 1 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

To address the growing pressure to foster effectiveness, sustainability and quality of life, local governments have focused on developing policies and initiatives designed to make their cities smarter. Despite the growing attention paid to this issue, an important but under-investigated issue is represented by the smart city governance. In this regard, in light of the claimed need for collaboration, the purpose of this paper is to investigate why and how different institutional works carried out by multiple actors may explain the way in which collaborative governance can be constructed in the context of a smart city.

Design/methodology/approach

A rich in-depth case study has been carried out exploring the experience of a smart city in the north of Italy. The study explores the institutional works done by multiple actors (Lawrence et al., 2013) and their influence on the governance of the smart city.

Findings

Collaboration is perceived to be instrumental in making a city smart, during the design and implementation phase, while generating new challenges that must be overcome by an integration of the political, technical and, especially, cultural work of the collective actors involved.

Originality/value

Despite governance is recognized as a crucial factor for realizing a smartness-orientation, it is scarcely investigated. The main value of the current research is thus its contribution to overcome this gap providing new empirical evidence on the role of multiple actors in the smart city context.

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Citation

Broccardo, L., Culasso, F. and Mauro, S.G. (2019), "Smart city governance: exploring the institutional work of multiple actors towards collaboration", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 367-387. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-05-2018-0126

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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