PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (2): 255-263.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.02.015

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Research Methods for World City Network and Relevant Inspirations

MAXueguang, LI Guicai   

  1. School of Urban Planning and Design, Shenzhen Graduate School of Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, China
  • Received:2011-03-01 Revised:2011-07-01 Online:2012-02-25 Published:2012-02-25

Abstract: The importance of national states as an economic unit is descending following the process of economy globalization, and multinational company turns out to be the main organization carrier and the decision-making power decentralized to city since the 1970s. International completion among states materialized to city-centered regional completion, and city became the crucial actor in global governance system. As the organization node, world city constructed an economic control and social-economic connection network system according to different function and status in global production process. The paper deemed that under the guide of social network theory, based on the drawbacks of world city/global city and inter-city research of world city system, world city network research started with relational perspective, and discovered the inter-city relationship and the dynamic of world city network formation with quantitative analysis by infrastructure approach, corporation approach and social culture approach. The paper deemed world city network research as the response of academic studies to the effects of world city on transformation of information and communication technology, corporation organizations and global governance patterns. In conclusion, the paper discussed some reference and inspirations to related research fields in China on orders of inter-city relation, spatial organization logic, production and collection of relational data, spatial scales and types of urban economy.

Key words: relevant inspirations, research methods, world city network