Title page for ETD etd-02142008-050307

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Oner, Asli Ceylan
Author's Email Address aconer@vt.edu
URN etd-02142008-050307
Title Locational Distribution of Global Advanced Producer Service Firms in the Polycentric Us Metropolis
Degree PhD
Department Environmental Design and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Knox, Paul L. Committee Chair
Dawkins, Casey J. Committee Member
Lang, Robert E. Committee Member
Mayer, Heike Committee Member
Taylor, Peter J. Committee Member
Weisband, Edward Committee Member
  • advanced producer service firms
  • polycentric metropolis
  • high-rise office buildings
  • global cities
  • globalization
Date of Defense 2008-01-30
Availability unrestricted
This study is generally concerned with the assumption that the contemporary global flows

of people, capital, and commodities, which accelerated dramatically in the age of

globalization, have significant impacts on the land use patterns of global cities. With this

assumption, the study further questions in the context of polycentric US metropolis,

whether or not the distribution of transnational advanced producer service firms define a

new form of centrality, in which the traditional central business districts and suburban

centers differ from each other in terms of spatial clustering patterns and sectoral

distributions of transnational advanced producer service firms. Spatial clustering patterns

of advanced producer service firms are evaluated according to high-rise and high-density

criteria. In ten selected cities, clusters of advanced producer service firms and high-rise

office buildings are identified through the Nearest Neighbor Hierarchical Clustering

Method in CrimeStat. To define the polycentric US metropolis, the research employs

Lang et al’s (2006) classification of metropolitan office space. The results

show significant differences between former manufacturing belt cities and Sunbelt cities.

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