Evaluating the Performance of Smart Cities in the Global Economic Network

  • Ronald WallEmail author
  • Spyridon Stavropoulos
  • Jurian Edelenbos
  • Filipa Pajević
Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 8)


A substantiated definition of smart cities is urgently required. In this chapter we explore the crossover between Smart City and World City Network literature. We argue that this crossover can contribute to the theoretical and empirical development of smart city literature. We hypothesize that if a city gets smarter than its peers, then it will eventually also hold a stronger position within the global economy. Therefore, we argue that the regional and transnational positioning of cities is conditional to being smart, and where the building of dense and diverse economic network relations becomes essential. To test these assumptions, we carry out geographic and statistical analysis, using on the one hand foreign direct investment (FDI) data between smart cities and other cities of the world; and on the other hand, already available smart city indicators. In this way we try to uncover the network and urban characteristics of smart cities and make recommendations how to improve their competitive position within the world economy.


Smart city City network Economic network Foreign investment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Wall
    • 1
    Email author
  • Spyridon Stavropoulos
    • 1
  • Jurian Edelenbos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Filipa Pajević
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Housing and Urban StudiesErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Public AdministrationErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.School of Urban PlanningMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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