Municipal opportunity to utilize Smart City technology to improve industry development in the bluegreen sector
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January 1st 2020 three municipalities will become one. Finnøy, Rennesøy and Stavanger municipality as they are known today will cease to exist, and a new municipality, New Stavanger, will emerge. The merger is an effort to increase robustness and improve municipal servitization of citizens. This thesis has focuses on how the new municipality will operate the bluegreen sector, and how smart city technology can contribute to the new municipal management of these. The thesis has collected information and discussed the municipal room for negotiation and analyzed the new municipality’s ability to achieve a well-functioning municipal structure for these industries. How can Smart City technology help improve the municipal management of Agriculture and Aquaculture in New Stavanger Municipality? As the societal challenges grow more complex, Stavanger municipality saw a need to develop a more collaborative method to operate. To accomplish this, they created a smart city office, which works on encouraging industrial entrepreneurship through collaboration, citizen involvement, and technology. The thesis shows that New Stavanger has great potential for achieving the expert committee’s criteria for a well-functioning municipal structure. The thesis also shows that the municipal room for negotiation is limited, especially concerning aquaculture. Within the municipal room for negotiation, their main room for improvement is within the optimization of processes, and through focused strategies and holistic planning. The agricultural sector benefits more from a close cooperation with the municipality, but are perceived as very adaptable. The findings of this thesis point to the agriculture industry benefitting from better information about possible opportunity for industrial entrepreneurship and actions. Aquaculture is not subsidized and the industry has a high degree of technology and development. It is also managed through the county and governmental agencies. The industry will still reap great dividend from increased transparency into planning processes, and that the management office for bluegreen sector will have greater capacity to utilize their competence in hearings and professional foundation towards political processes. New Stavanger can be subject to unintended and possibly harmful silo structuring, which in turn will lead to waste of competence and resources. The findings in this thesis show that technology can contribute to create overview and focus, which will help New Stavanger increase their degree of collaboration within and citizen involvement. This will strengthen the industry development for the sector, both in terms of increased profitability and concerning reducing emissions from the sector.
Master's thesis in Industrial economics