Extending the “Smart City” Concept to Small -to-Medium Sized Estonian Municipalities: Initiatives and Challenges Faced

Karin Fröhlich*, Ralf-Martin Soe , Pardon Blessings Manoeke, Karishma Jain, Antti Pinomaa, Marko Nieminen

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Abstract

This study investigated smart city initiatives and challenges faced by small to medium sized municipalities. The literature on smart cities is dominated by findings from large cities yet, both large and small municipalities are expected to contribute towards the fulfillment of the United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals. A mixed method was used in which 35 municipalities were engaged. Study findings suggest that rural municipalities are yet to be fully aware of how they can harness the technology and become smart in the way they operate and serve inhabitants. Nonetheless, cities and towns seem to have an idea of what smart city initiatives to consider. Together, Estonian cities, towns and rural municipalities face several challenges in their efforts to assume “smartness” something that needs to be addressed in a pragmatic way. Municipalities face unique challenges; hence, solutions that work for one municipality may not work for another.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems - 19th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference, EMCIS 2022, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication19th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference, EMCIS 2022, Virtual Event, December 21–22, 2022, Proceedings
EditorsMaria Papadaki, Paulo Rupino da Cunha, Marinos Themistocleous, Klitos Christodoulou
PublisherSpringer
Pages264-276
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-30694-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-30693-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventEuropean, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems - Virtual, Online
Duration: 21 Dec 202222 Dec 2022
Conference number: 19
https://emcis.eu/

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
PublisherSpringer
Volume464
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356

Conference

ConferenceEuropean, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleEMCIS
CityVirtual, Online
Period21/12/202222/12/2022
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