Bernhard Moik – University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, Alte Poststraße 149, 8020 Graz, Austria
Vito Bobek –
DOBA Business School, Prešernova ulica 1, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Tatjana Horvat –
Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Izolska vrata 2, 6000 Koper, Slovenia



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6th International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2022 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 24, 2022, SELECTED PAPERS, published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; ISBN 978-86-80194-58-5, ISSN 2683-4510



Smart cities received increasing attention in recent years and more and more cities focus on becoming smart. The focus of this research is on cit­ies from emerging markets beginning with the challenges these cities are fac­ing now and in the future. The challenges defined are demographic and so­cial change, urbanization, environment, digitalization, mobility, environ­ment, and energy infrastructure. After elaborating on these challenges, their developments, and the possible consequences, potential solutions through smart technologies for cities in emerging markets to cope with these chal­lenges are investigated. Furthermore, this research explores necessary steps and important factors for emerging market cities to become smart as well as the implementation and integration of smart solutions that work efficiently and do not cause wrong developments. Additionally, interviews with five ex­perts working or researching the subject under study were organized. The re­sults show that there are several challenges for cities in emerging markets led by urbanization, population growth, and issues related to infrastructure. The experts agreed that most challenges can be addressed by smart technolo­gies, but it was pointed out that the technologies will only work if there is also social and cultural change on the part of people and structural faults are ad­dressed. All in all, smart cities can be an appropriate solution to address and solve challenges in emerging markets if implemented in the right way.


Smart city; Smart technology; Emerging markets; Urbanization; Digitalization; Urban development


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