A Smart-City Scope of Operations Management

33 Pages Posted: 24 May 2018

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Wei Qi

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management

Zuo-Jun Max Shen

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR)

Date Written: May 12, 2018

Abstract

We are entering an era of great expectations towards our cities. The vision of “smart city” has been pursued worldwide to transform urban habitats into superior efficiency, quality and sustainability. This phenomenon prompts us to ponder what role the scholars in operations management (OM) can assume. In this essay, we express our initial thoughts on expanding OM to the smart-city scope. We review smart-city initiatives of governments, industry, national laboratories and academia. We argue that the smart-city movement will transition from the tech-oriented stage to the decision-oriented stage. Hence, a smart city can be perceived as a system scope within which planning and operational decisions are orchestrated at the urban scale, reflective of multidimensional needs, and adaptive to massive data and innovation. The benefits of studying smart-city OM are manifold and significant: contributing to deeper understanding of smart cities by providing advanced analytical frameworks, pushing OM knowledge boundaries (such as data-driven decision making), and empowering the OM community to deliver much broader impacts than before. We discuss several research opportunities to embody these thoughts, in the interconnected contexts of smart buildings, smart grid, smart mobility and new retail. These opportunities arise from the increasing integration of systems and business models at the urban scale.

Keywords: smart city, urban-scale integration, smart grid, shared mobility

Suggested Citation

Qi, Wei and Shen, Zuo-Jun Max, A Smart-City Scope of Operations Management (May 12, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3177496 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3177496

Wei Qi

McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

Zuo-Jun Max Shen (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR) ( email )

IEOR Department
4135 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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