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COR-MGMT2207: Innovations for Asia’s Smart Cities: Getting Started

COR-MGMT2207 for Term 2, AY 21-22

Course Description & Overview

The world is rapidly urbanizing. More and more cities around the world are becoming increasingly popular as economic powerhouses and magnets for migrants from the countryside, suburban areas and other parts of the world. All big cities in both First and Third World countries as well as emerging markets such as New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Dehli, Jakarta etc. have to cope with high population density and serious challenges such as air pollution or traffic congestion. How do we pack more people into big cities and yet continue to achieve a high quality of life? How do we create and manage ‘good cities’ which are safe, spacious, green, connected, fair and resilient? How can cities create economic wealth while still fulfilling the CSR responsibilities of sustaining a “Green Planet”? What are the best practice designs and technical smart city solutions which could be leveraged to tackle these challenges and how can they be successfully commercialised? This new course will provide answers to these questions with special emphasis on the managerial and commercial aspects of smart city concepts.

 The key lies in creating and effectively managing innovative and sustainable, smart cities able to leverage on new technologies such as smart grids or sensor networks to create a place where people can live, play and work well. Starting from the stakeholder requirements of citizens and planners of innovative cities, the course will introduce students to urban design concepts as well as commercialization, management challenges and implementation issues of the smart city model. There will also be a focus on how good governance and enabling technologies such as sensor networks can facilitate the creation, management and sustainability of ‘good’ cities.

With the help of case studies and resource persons such as industry leaders, innovative city designers, tech experts and business development experts from local and int. companies such as Frost & Sullivan or the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), students will be familiarized with the opportunities and challenges of the ‘smart city business’ which represents a key element in the value creation and extraction strategy of the Singapore Government and related businesses. Local site visits to ‘smart’ urban elements of city state Singapore will complement the learning experience.

Learning Objectives

The overall objective of this module is to equip students with core knowledge of appreciating what it takes to plan, design, build and sustain (mega) cities that are innovative and sustainable and to know the challenges of successfully ‘selling’ new smart city concepts amidst increasing competition in this field.

 By the end of this course, students will be able to appreciate the following 4 areas:

 Taxonomy of Innovative & Sustainable Cities

  • Describe the core characteristics of a Smart City and respective concepts
  • Explain the unique characteristics of each component and how it adds value to innovative and sustainable (smart) cities

 Design of Innovative & Sustainable Cities

  • Understand the planning and design principles of Innovative & Sustainable Cities
  • Explain the workings of each component of Innovative & Sustainable Cities

 In-depth study of selected (Mega) Cities

  • Be familiar with the challenges of selected mega cities around the globe and understand how the smart city concept can add value in terms of livability

 Commercialisation of the Smart City Concept

  • Appreciate the challenges in successfully commercializing smart city concepts and applications
  • Know the key players in the Singapore context which are involved in this service sector and establish network contacts


This guide was created to support the course Innovations for Asia’s Smart Cities (COR-MGMT2207) taught by Thomas Menkhoff (TM), Professor of Organisational Behavior and Human Resources (Education), LKCSB and Kan Siew Ning (KSN), Management Consultant & Trainer (Adjunct Lecturer). It points to useful electronic and print resources for the course.

This guide is created by Rajendra Munoo and maintained by Redzuan Abdullah.


Top 10 Smart Cities: Source The Daily Conversation

World Cities

Recommended Text and Readings

How to make a great City (McKinsey)

Keywords and Concepts to Use When Researching

When searching databases or Google, try using these keywords, concepts or phrases.

City planning -- Case studies
SUSTAINABLE development
URBAN growth
URBAN planning
CITIES & towns
cities and towns growth
smart cities
sustainable design
sustainable urban development
green urban
green design
innovative cities
smart city

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy