Smart specialization for cities - A roadmap for city intelligence and excellence

Cities are growing in both size and as key drivers of regional and national growth. What will define one city from another, however, is whether it is managing its potential growth effectively and sustainably.

Growth can provide cities with new frontiers of possibilities if managed well, or alternatively, cause cities to degenerate into overcrowded areas suffering from social ills and the associated adverse effects of growth.

Accordingly, the quality of growth that cities can achieve is strongly linked to their power to address social, environmental and economic issues in a cohesive and proactive manner.

This should be coupled with strategic positioning, the latter which can be achieved through smart specialisation. This article explores this concept and its implications on city management.