Smart Leadership for Smart Cities: A Leadership Role Framework

Jan Pries-Heje, Jocelyn Cranefield

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A Smart City takes advantage of new technologies; Internet-of-Things; Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence; Data Analytics; Robots; just to mention some. But being smart in 2018 is also about sustainability. Becoming a Sustainable Smart City (SSC) is all about Organizational Change. That requires leadership, timely decision making, and effective execution of decisions. In this paper we present a comparative study where we investigate smart cities in Denmark, Holland, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Our paper focus on how City Managers make decisions surrounding the application of smart city technologies and the data arising. We derive a framework of six barriers to overcome and five leadership roles that needs to be enacted to realize the future sustainable smart city.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventTransforming for Sustainability - UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 28 Nov 201829 Nov 2018


ConferenceTransforming for Sustainability
LocationUN City
OtherThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) unites all aspects of sustainable development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. To support this development, there is a need for interdisciplinary research with dual impact.<br/><br/>The conference “Transforming for Sustainability” strives to explore a broad range of perspectives from private and public organizations as well as academic research concerning the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, it seeks to create an inclusive community of researchers, private and public organizations from Denmark and abroad as well as promote interdisciplinary solutions to the SDGs
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