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International Practices of Smart Development

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Edited By Robertas Jucevicius, Jurgita Bruneckiene and Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg

Smart people make a smart city. This volume presents a collection of papers on the concept of smartness, smart development and the international practices in the field. There are five key topic areas: the conceptual, smart economy, smart specialisation, smart city and public governance. The concept of a smart social system is grounded on comparative analysis of competing concepts such as intelligence, knowledge driven, digital, learning, networked, innovative, agile and sustainable.
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Palmira Juceviciene & Justina Suchankaite - Smart Decisions as a Critical Indicator of a Smart City: The Case of Druskininkai Town

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Palmira Juceviciene

Department of Educational science Kaunas University of Technology Kaunas, Lithuania

Justina Suchankaite

Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Smart Decisions as a Critical Indicator of a Smart City: The Case of Druskininkai Town

Introduction

It has been observed (Hollands, 2008) that cities often declare themselves ‘smart’ without defining what that means and without even presenting any evidence or examples that would allow recognising them as such. According to Alkandari, Alnasheet and Alshekhly (2012), although researchers are attempting a definition of a ‘Smart City’, there is still no shared opinion as to what constitutes the essence of a Smart City.

Some of them rely on the emphasis on a certain status quo of a city and/or on the achieved results. Holland (ibid) maintains that this concept stands for a wired city. Others (Sylvie and Fetzer, 2005; Alwadhi and Scholl, 2013; Tuba, Almirall and Wareham, 2013) are trying to define a Smart City by comparing towns that have achieved prosperity. Obviously, prosperity is a result of smartness, yet smartness itself must reflect the following aspects: a) how prosperity can be achieved despite a multitude of problems on the way to this goal and/or b) how this prosperity can be maintained in the face of life’s constant challenges to it.

Admittedly, some authors have attempted to describe the processes or human and organisational qualities present in such a city that help it cope...

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