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Title: Cities as networks within networks of cities: the evolution of the city/firm-duality in the world city network, 2000-2010
Authors: Liu, Xingjian
Derudder, Ben
Witlox, Frank
Hoyler, Michael
Keywords: Two-mode networks
Intercity corporate network
Temporal evolution
Duality
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (© Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG)
Citation: LIU, X ... et al, 2014. Cities as networks within networks of cities: the evolution of the city/firm-duality in the world city network, 2000-2010. Tijdschrift Voor Econimische en Sociale Geografie, 105 (4), pp.465-482.
Abstract: We explore the temporal evolution of cities and firms (i.e. both modes) in a two-mode intercity corporate network formed by 50 leading advanced producer service firms across 154 cities for the years 2000 and 2010. Drawing upon one-mode network projection and three network centralities, we assess the shifting positions of individual cities and firms in the one-mode intercity and interfirm networks. Major findings include: (1) the intercity network is more stable and hierarchical than the interfirm network; (2) brokerage functions, as captured by betweenness centrality, remain highly uneven for both cities and firms. For example, New York and London’s distinct positions as the world’s leading producer service centres remain intact; and (3) regional and sectoral tendencies are evident in terms of growth rates of centralities.
Description: This paper is closed access until 9th September 2016.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12097
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16509
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12097
ISSN: 0040-747X
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