Living in Smart Cities: Innovation and Sustainability

Authors : Thomas Menkhoff (Singapore Management University, Singapore), Siew Ning Kan (Singapore Management University, Singapore), Hans-Dieter Evers (National University of Malaysia, Malaysia), Yue Wah Chay (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3232-83-9

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Cities around the world are becoming increasingly popular as economic powerhouses and magnets for migrants from rural and suburban areas. All big cities in First and Third World countries as well as emerging markets such as New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Delhi, Jakarta etc. have to cope with high population density and serious challenges such as air pollution or traffic congestion. How do we pack more people into big cities and yet continue to realise a high quality of life? How do we plan, create and manage 'good cities' which are safe, spacious, green, connected, fair and resilient? How can cities create economic wealth while still fulfilling the vision of sustaining our "Green Planet"? What are best practice designs and innovative technical smart city solutions which could be leveraged to tackle these challenges and how can they be successfully commercialised?

These are some of the questions the reader addresses from a multi-disciplinary perspective with special reference to Singapore whose development from regional entrepôt to First World Metropolis continues to impress business and societal leaders around the world.

The book's contents are broadly structured according to the following aspects: (i) definition and taxonomy of innovative & sustainable cities, including its core characteristics and how they create value in terms of innovativeness and sustainability; (ii) governance, planning and selected design principles of innovative & sustainable cities and how they pan out with regard to livability and sustainability; and (iii) in-depth study of selected smart city dimensions such as governance, clustering, connectivity, mobility, ageing, water, sports, and safety.
Thomas MENKHOFF is Professor of Organisational Behavior & Human Resources (Education) at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University (SMU). He also serves as Academic Director of SMU's Master of Science in Innovation Programme. Two of his edited publications are Catalyst for Change — Chinese Business in Asia with Chay Yue Wah, Hans-Dieter Evers, and Hoon Chang Yau. Singapore: World Scientific (2014) and Governing and Managing Knowledge in Asia with Hans-Dieter Evers and Chay Yue Wah (2017, 3rd revised edition forthcoming). Email:

Kan Siew Ning is Adjunct Faculty at the Singapore Management University — he teaches in the School of Business and School of Information Systems. A computer engineer by training, he spent 27 years working in the Singapore Government in various capacities, and was Director Police Technology Department from 2004 to 2011. He had also taught as adjunct in the MSc (Knowledge Management) programme in Nanyang Technological University, and in National University of Singapore. He published a book, Practical Knowledge Management (2013) and co-edited Thinking, Learning & Training in 2016. He was a former President of the Information & Knowledge Management Society (IKMS).

Hans-Dieter Evers, emeritus university professor of development planning, is Pok Rafeah Distinguished Chair Professor at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Formerly he taught sociology at Yale University (where he was also Director of Graduate Southeast Asia Studies), at the National University of Singapore (Head of Department) and Monash University. He also held visiting positions at Trinity College Oxford, Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universiti Sains Malaysia, EHESS Paris, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University (Distinguished Visiting Professor) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Eminent Visiting Professor). He also worked as consultant to ILO, the World Bank, ESCAP, GTZ and taught knowledge management in various executive education programmes. His current research is concerned with maritime Nusantara culture, the governance of the South China Sea and Southeast Asian port cities.

Chay Yue Wah is Associate Professor, School of Human Development and Social Services, Singapore University of Social Sciences. He has held various faculty and administrative appointments at the National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University, and SIM University (UniSIM). A psychologist by training, he has published in the areas of entrepreneurship, work commitment, citizenship behaviour, and expatriation. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the electronics industry and the mercantile marine. His current research interests are focused on smart cities, knowledge systems, innovation and maritime ports.
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