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An analysis model of tourism academic networks: a Swedish case study triangulated with an EU research project
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Tourism Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3041-7467
2016 (English)In: Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, ISSN 1531-3220, E-ISSN 1531-3239, Vol. 16, no 3, 195-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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The purpose of this research is to investigate and develop an analysis model of a tourism department network using an explorative approach. Strategic stakeholders have been identified for the tourism department and organised into partner groups. An analysis model has been developed based on four network types: formal organisation, informal organisation, formal individual and informal individual. For every type, the following six network content dimensions were found relevant to analyse: stakeholders, reciprocal relations, relation exchange, network driving forces, network management and network purpose. The investigations have shown some focused network strengths such as network permanency, with corresponding weaknesses such as rigid relations. Some typical implications of the strengths and weaknesses for the department have been identified, and some network techniques to handle the implications have been proposed. An annual network development process for a tourism department is suggested. The resulting network is summarised as the Professional Tourism Academic Network (PTAN).

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2016. Vol. 16, no 3, 195-212 p.
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community engagement, network strengths, network weaknesses, Networks, tourism department
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Social and Economic Geography Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29944DOI: 10.1080/15313220.2016.1151399OAI: diva2:925442
Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-05-02 Last updated: 2016-07-22Bibliographically approved

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