Smart Leadership for Smart Cities

Posted on Thursday 17th July 2014

Research undertaken by Dr John Gibney from Birmingham Business School has been examining our understanding of how Smart Cities can work to their full potential, focussing on the leadership dynamics in four cities in England.

Many ‘smart’ projects aspire to generate new knowledge and exploit and spread knowledge across cities for improved local economic development, social and environmental outcomes.

The research into Smart City leadership was jointly funded by Birmingham Business School and Middlesex University Business School.

The learning gathered from the four case cities; Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Peterborough,  suggests that knowledge-oriented leadership appears to work best where there is evidence of blending, expertise, social literacy, relational worldview, long-range thinking and the ability to tap into and mobilise tacit knowledge.

Find out more

Download and view ‘Smart Leadership for Smart Cities: Leadership Foundations for Smart City Practitioners’ (PDF)

Find out more about the research objectives and outputs of the ‘Smart Leadership for Smart Cities’ project.

Academic profile – find out more and contact Dr John Gibney