Digital Platform-Enabled Community Development: A Case Study of a Private-Public Partnership Sustainability Initiative

Tan, Felix
Hopkins, Edward
Chan, Calvin
Leong, Carmen
Wright, Anthony
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The significant human impact on the environment has prompted many governments to invest in sustainability initiatives across cities and communities. Moreover, although it has been suggested that information technology can aid in the development of these sustainability initiatives, there is a dearth of empirical field studies in this area. In this research-in-progress paper, we present preliminary findings from a case study of a private-public partnership (PPP) community-based sustainability initiative that is enabled by a digital platform. Preliminary analysis sheds light on the mechanisms underlying the formation of the PPP, the development of the PPP’s business model, the development of the digital platform, and ultimately the emergence of a community for sustainability. A framework for digital platform-enabled community development is posited based on the case analysis. Implications to both research and practice, as well as future research work are then discussed in concluding this paper.
Smart and Connected Cities and Communities, case study, community development, digital platform, private-public partnership, sustainable development
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