International sport federations in the world city networkInternational sport federations in the world city network
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Law
Faculteit Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen
GaWC research bulletin
The command functions of key organisations in an increasingly globalized civil society tend to be located in major cities across the globe. This observation has been used in the world city network (WCN) literature as a starting point for examining the geographical dimensions of transnational firms and organizations. In this paper we implement the WCN framework to analyse the transnational urban geographies of international sport federations (ISFs). The data used in our study are analysed through a combination of connectivity analysis and principal component analysis. The connectivity analysis reveals the relative dominance of cities in Europe and Pacific Asia, whereby Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Cairo, and Lausanne stand out. The principal component analysis reveals the main geographical dimensions in the networks of ISFs.