The smartization of metropolitan cities: the case of Paris

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Although the smart city literature is continuously increasing these last decades, there is still a need to better understand what make their essence and smartness. The aim of the study is to deepen the understanding of the business model logic of the metropolitan city’s smartization process. More specifically, the research investigates how the building blocks of business model drive the smartization of metropolitan cities. The study explores the case of Paris, the capital of France, which has undergone a deep process of smartization over the last 15 years.

The Parisian model of a smart city is insightful in several ways. The building blocks were reconfigured based on the three waves of smartization – search for legitimacy, from ‘urban intelligent’ to ‘ingenious city’, and ‘creative & living city’. Paris revised the drivers of the business model building blocks to remain smart and keep on creating value. Paris relies on new technologies as tools to involve all citizens, to go beyond sustainability; and to combine urban intelligence, social inclusion, resilience and technological innovation.

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    Sylvaine Castellano Sylvaine Castellano is a Professor of Strategy. She joined EM Normandie in 2020. She has a PhD in management from the University of Luxembourg, awarded in 2010. Her thesis is on the dynamics of legitimacy and reputation in the wine industry in France. Her research interests are institutional and competitive dynamics, specifically in the wine and luxury markets. Her publications discuss the concepts of reputation, e-reputation and legitimacy. She has also written and coordinated books on entrepreneurship and online reputation. She is Director of research and leads the Laboratoire Métis (Métis Research Laboratory) at EM Normandie.

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