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The five cornerstones of effective governance

Bas Boorsma, Vice President, EMEA, Cities Today Institute

For urban innovation and digitalisation efforts to succeed, a municipality needs to think through its internal organisation and governance structures. Few ingredients more sharply define the difference between success and failure than having the right governance structures in place. We asked CTI member city leaders to share their organisational structure and governance choices. What does their mandate look like? How do they operate across silos? And what to do with the traditional IT manager?

Community digitalisation initiatives can and should primarily be conducted by means of a broad, well-thought through governance structure. The degree to which leaders can be effective depends, more than anything else, on the governance structures established. When examining governance structures as part of a community digitalisation agenda, what I mean is the governance structure within a municipality, a state or provincial government, or the government of a national state, with the required extensions into an ecosystem of partners to include companies, academia, citizens, collaborating municipalities within a regional context, local neighbourhood initiatives, and more.

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