Smart cities and the citizen-driven internet of things: A qualitative inquiry into an emerging smart city

Kummitha, Rama and Crutzen, Nathalie (2019) Smart cities and the citizen-driven internet of things: A qualitative inquiry into an emerging smart city. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 140. pp. 44-53. ISSN 0040-1625

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.12.001

Abstract

This paper builds on institutional theory to understand the role that the institutional environment plays in emerging economies which encourage citizens to create Internet of Things (IoT)-based interventions. The research included a field-based study in Hyderabad, a south Indian smart city, using a qualitative explorative research methodology. The research found that, although a supportive regulatory environment helps to create a positive regulatory and cognitive institutional context, normative institutions continue to discourage the positive environment that this context has created. Such a scenario may lead to a ‘talent-in and talent-out’ situation that reduces the entrepreneurial potential of the cities. Thus, city governments in emerging economies need to focus on building not only a regulatory environment, but also create a conducive environment for the key stakeholders in the ecosystem to encourage and promote citizen-led IoT interventions that would result in building inclusive smart cities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smart cities, Entrepreneurship, Institutional theory, Quadra-helix model, Emerging economies, IoT
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 16:24
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40776

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