A fuzzy synthetic evaluation of the challenges of smart city development in developing countries

Aghimien, D. O. and Aigbavboa, C. and Edwards, D.J. and Mahamadu, A-M. and Olomolaiye, P. and Onyia, M. and Nash, H. (2020) A fuzzy synthetic evaluation of the challenges of smart city development in developing countries. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. ISSN 2046-6099

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Abstract

Purpose: This study presents a fuzzy synthetic evaluation of the challenges of smart city realisation in developing countries, using Nigeria as a case study. By defined and delineating the problems facing the country, more viable directions to attaining smart city development can be achieved.
Design/Methodology/ Approach: The study adopted a post-positivist philosophical stance with a deductive approach. A structured questionnaire was used to gather data from built environment professionals involved in the delivery of Nigerian public infrastructures. Six dimensions of the challenges of smart cities were identified from literature and explored. These are governance, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal issues. Data gathered were analysed using Cronbach alpha test for reliability, Shapiro-Wilks test for normality, Kruskal-Wallis H-Test for consistency, and Fuzzy synthetic evaluation test for the synthetic evaluation of the challenges of smart city attainment.
Findings: The findings revealed that all six assessed dimensions have a significant impact on the attainment of smart cities in Nigeria. More specifically, issues relating to environmental, technological, social and legal challenges are more prominent.
Originality/Value: The fuzzy synthetic approach adopted provides a clear, practical insight on the issues that need to be addressed before the smart city development can be attained within developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-06-2020-0092
Date: 10 September 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smart city development, Industry 4.0, information technology, smart technology, urban development, construction industry
Subjects: K200 Building
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 10:57
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 15:54
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9798

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