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AbstractPurpose: Rural communities around the world are searching for solutions to upkeep, restore and improve local services that are deteriorating. They are exploring the potential of a digital transition along with the opportunities and threats created by new patterns of mobility and closer links with urban areas. The expansion of information and communication technologies (ICT) enhanced applications enable rural communities to improve their quality of life. The concept of Smart Village is primarily about how rural communities make best use of both ICT and social innovation by responding to the ongoing and emerging challenges. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to investigate strategies for adoption of smart villages along with the challenges faced. Design/methodology/approach: A quantitative research methodology was adopted in this research. A web-based questionnaire survey was conducted to collect data. In total, 110 fully completed and usable questionnaires were received. Statistical analyses were undertaken using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Findings: The results indicate that lack of budget, lack of clear strategies for development of sustainable 'smart villages', lack of collaboration between stakeholders, and lack of knowledge related to 'smart villages' are the most debated challenges for implementing smart villages agenda. Whereas, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart transport, smart education, and smart water are the top five most important smart villages strategies. Originality/value: Research on smart villages development is rare. This paper presents a theoretical basis on the concept of smart villages. In addition, to the rich insight into the understanding and awareness of the current smart villages strategies along with the key challenges encountering organisations implementing smart villages initiatives. This research has implications towards informing professionals and policymakers on key lessons learnt during the implementation of smart village strategies. Also, this paper contributes to the academic debate on smart village development and provides useful recommendations to both policymakers and practitioners. Limitations: Despite the novel insights provided by this study, it has some limitations. Given that the research reported in this paper is based on literature review and small-scale survey, results presented are only tentative and not generalizable. The findings of this paper are limited to the UK context only. Although generalizability outside of this context may be limited, we infer that the results are relevant to other comparable developed countries.
CitationRenukappa, S., Suresh, S., Abdalla, W., Shetty, N., Yabbati, N. and Hiremath, R. (2022) Evaluation of smart village strategies and challenges. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-03-2022-0060
JournalSmart and Sustainable Built Environment
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Smart and Sustainable Built Environment on 15/11/2022. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-03-2022-0060 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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