Building Sound Foundations for Smart City Government: The Case of Munich, Germany

  • City governments around the world have increasingly engaged in “smart city” initiatives. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are at the core of these initiatives. City governments appear to play impor-tant roles in making the urban spaces, in which they are embedded, more attractive, more competitive, more livable, and smarter. The authors interviewed City officials in Munich, Germany, and asked for the definitions of “smart city,” which they then compared to Munich’s smart city-related program. While the practitioners’ definitions differed in part from those in the academic literature, the smart city overhaul program at Munich city government had a direct relationship to the practitioners’ understanding of smartness. The authors por-tray and discuss the City of Munich institutional architecture overhaul and its expected and realized benefits, and compare the results to those of an earlier study on the City of Seattle. Both city governments evidently pursue different approaches, the effectiveness of which can more readily be assessed only at a future point of the smart city evolution.

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Author:Hans Jochen Scholl, Marlen Jurisch, Helmut Krcmar, Margit Scholl
Parent Title (English):International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR)
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2014
Publishing Institution:Technische Hochschule Wildau
Release Date:2016/10/04
Tag:ICT as core competency; interdepartmental collaboration; organizational redesign; process change; process streamlining; smart government
Source:This paper appears in International Journal of E-Planning Research, 3(4), 1-22, October-December 2014, authored by Hans Jochen Scholl, Marlen Jurisch, Helmut Krcmar and Margit C. Scholl. Copyright 2014, IGI Global, Posted by permission of the publisher.
Institutes:Fachbereich Wirtschaft, Informatik, Recht
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 35 Öffentliche Verwaltung, Militärwissenschaft / 351 Öffentliche Verwaltung
Licence (German):Das Dokument ist urheberrechtlich geschützt