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World cities under conditions of digitization and platform capitalism: Updating the advanced producer services complex

Bassens, David; Hendrikse, Reijer; Lai, Karen P.Y.; van Meeteren, Michiel

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David Bassens

Reijer Hendrikse

Michiel van Meeteren



Abstract

This themed issue showcases contributions that study how processes of digitization and platformization are reshaping the intermediary role and operations of advanced producer services (APS). It places these alterations against the backdrop of earlier rounds of APS ‘shapeshifting’ amid globalization and financialization. This introduction to the themed issue outlines the main dimensions of these shifts affecting APS: geographical changes, sectoral and functional changes, organizational changes, and strategic-institutional changes. Reflecting on the themed issue contributions, we posit that digitization and platformization are rapidly altering APS as organizations, but there is little evidence for a wholesale loss of their intermediary function. In geographical terms, we observe that the platformization of APS is generating networked dependence of world cities on tech centres, further entangling APS intermediation with wider geopolitical concerns about technological sovereignty.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2024
Online Publication Date May 11, 2024
Publication Date 2024-06
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 25, 2024
Journal Geoforum
Print ISSN 0016-7185
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 152
Article Number 104021
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2024.104021
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2500960

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