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The Business of Creating Attractive, Sustainable and Accountable Cities - A New Narrative for Economic Growth

Conference contribution
Authors Anders Sandoff
Jon Williamsson
Jessica Algehed
Christian Jensen
Published in Clute International Conferences, Maui, Hawaii, 1-5 jan 2019
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, Management & Organisation
Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Language en
Keywords Urban innovation governance, Collaborative innovation, Testbeds, Urban development, Economic growth narrative
Subject categories Political Science, Economics and Business


This paper compiles and analyses observations, arguments, and trends in the field of sustainable urban development, with a specific focus on collaborative innovation and how this, in many western countries, outlines a new narrative for economic growth. It tries to merge cities´ aspiration of being attractive, business interests of providing solutions to societal challenges and development of testbeds through multilevel innovation support schemes. All over the western world, there is an increasing interest in using cities as test beds or living labs for addressing societal challenges and developing solutions. Through real-life test and demonstration, cities and businesses hope for better products and services, accelerated market development and cost-effective solutions to sustainability challenges. The paper explains why attractiveness has become a central goal for cities and how urban infrastructures play a role in addressing both social and environmental challenges and business development simultaneously. Together with national and international industry strategies and support schemes, this forms a new growth narrative. Although a potentially potent strategy, it puts pressure on municipalities to balance the double ambition of sustainable urban development and business development with public administrative core values.

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