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Smart City, IT Systems, and Sustainability: Some Insights From the Italian Context

Smart City, IT Systems, and Sustainability: Some Insights From the Italian Context
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Author(s): Elisa Truant (University of Turin, Italy)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 23
Source title: User Innovation and the Entrepreneurship Phenomenon in the Digital Economy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Pedro Isaias (Information Systems and Technology Management School, The University of New South Wales, Australia) and Luísa Cagica Carvalho (Universidade Aberta, Portugal & Universidade de Evora, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2826-5.ch011

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Abstract

With the rapid increase of the urban population worldwide, cities nowadays face complex challenges to guarantee a sustainable development and the quality of life of their inhabitants. The concept of “smart cities” is a response to these challenges. This chapter explores how three Italian smart cities have developed a fertile environment for innovative and high-tech projects. In particular, the research describes some of the main projects implemented by Italian smart cities and the impacts on the sustainability pillars. The research is based on a qualitative method and, in particular, on multiple case study analysis, where theory and empirical research are intertwined. This work shows some interesting implications as it contributes to increase the existing literature on smart city and sustainability and it provides ideas for further reflections about the effects of ICT-oriented projects on sustainable development.

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