Town Planning Review

Is Auckland an entrepreneurial or global city?

Town Planning Review (2006), 77, (5), 583–604.

Abstract

Considerable debate has been generated in the literature surrounding the issue of competitive, global and entrepreneurial cities. The same literature has been less forthcoming with clear and concise definitions for these terms. Because of the effects of globalisation, we know that cities and regions have become the key focus of policies to enhance economic development. Few world cities can be classified as global and even fewer can be designated as entrepreneurial. Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, has developed a regional economic development strategy (AREDS) designed to 'raise the bar' and transform the greater Auckland region into a competitive, global entrepreneurial city. Is AREDS moving Auckland towards being a competitive entrepreneurial or global city? This paper reviews the relevant literature, defines the terms and delineates the requirements for a city to be competitive. Preliminary research indicates that movement has only just begun.

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