Investigating the entrepreneurial perspective in smart city studies

Eusebio Scornavacca, Francesco Paolone, Stefano Za, Laura Martiniello

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Although the concept of smart cities has been largely discussed in the literature for over almost three decades, there is still a need to better understand the entrepreneurial aspects surrounding smart cities. This study aims to explore the evolutionary trends of research in the field of Smart Cities, and specifically, to unveil the entrepreneurial aspects prevailing in the literature. With the support of bibliometric analysis and social network analysis tools this paper identifies the foundations and most active areas on smart cities research over the past 20 years. It also scrutinizes and highlights the entrepreneurial aspects prevailing in the smart cities body of knowledge. It provides a critique of the current state-of–the-art of entrepreneurial research in the smart cities future research directions by analyzing the collaboration among the authors and the relation between the knowledge creation and the impact of its results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1197-1223
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Smart cities
  • Social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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