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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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Paul Joyce - Case Studies in Public Governance, Strategic Management and Economic Performance

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Paul Joyce

Visiting Professor of Public Services, Leadership and Strategy at Birmingham City University Birmingham, United Kingdom

Case Studies in Public Governance, Strategic Management and Economic Performance

Introduction

National economic performance can be, and has been, attributed to many different factors. Some factors may be linked to the characteristics of the people, who live in a country, such as their work ethic, educational attainments, skill levels, and inventiveness. Some countries have enjoyed high rates of economic growth for periods, because they have been fortunate in possessing exploitable natural resources (such as coal, oil, gas, and minerals). But, in addition, in the same way that substantial variations in corporate performance might be put down to the individual abilities of the chief executives running the companies, there is now a widespread belief in the importance of good public governance for economic success and growth. For example, the European Commission suggested in 2010 that poor economic performance by Member States was an issue that predated the onset of the international banking crisis and required the construction of a suitable governance system in order that European countries could steer their national economies towards a more successful future. The governance system they envisaged rested on strategic management capabilities. It might be deduced here that these strategic capabilities were needed by European governments in order to be smart, determined, and persistent.

It would be expecting too much to hypothesise that government steering mechanisms...

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