Investigating the Factors Influencing on the Development of Leaders for Smart City in Duqm: A Special Economic Zone in Oman

  • Khalid Al. Harthy, Oo Yu Hock, Asif Mahbub Karim

Abstract

The main objective of this study is to examine the factors influencing the development of leaders for Smart city at Duqm in Oman. Clearly, smart city is a municipality that uses ICT to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. Generally, more than half of the global population lives in urban environments. We formulated four objectives in this study. In doing so, a sample of 220 respondents who were all managers and senior lever employees of SEZAD leading the development are employed in this study. A well-structured questionnaire was employed as research instrument. The SPSS V25 was used to analyse the data following quantitative method where cross sectional data were employed. We hypothesized that there is a positive and significant relationship between budget, technological skill, academic skill and infrastructure with development of leadership. Our data confirmed that a positive and significant relationship is found between budget, technological skill, academic skill and infrastructure with development of leadership. This study also claims that leadership development produces higher performing organizations through improving leader effectiveness at all levels of management. In order to maximize the full economic, social and environmental potential of a smart urban development agenda, we suggest that smart leadership about understands the close interdependence of businesses and communities in cities where success involves creating and maintaining balanced and mutually beneficial relationships across business and community needs in the digital era.

Published
2021-01-19
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