Cooperatives and Business Networks in Tourism: Translating the Third Way into Competitive Advantage
ECONOMICS: CONCEPTS AND EXPERIENCES, Professor Galle J. Bellas, ed., New York Academics, New York, 2007
6 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2008
Date Written: September 9, 2008
The paper explores the role of SME cooperative alliances and networks and other grassroots level movements that can be fitted broadly into the banner of "the third way" in the context of what may be described as the "tourism renaissance". The advantages of alternative tourism enterprises from point of views that are usually neglected by hardcore traditional economists are elucidated and established through back and forth induction and deduction, judiciously blending rich case studies with insights from a multidisciplinary literature. Due to the unique nature of tourisms' symbolic capital, search for the principle of "the authentic other" in the product experience, complex intermediation practices in the making and delivery of tourism and a number of other factors exclusively important to an industry like tourism as mentioned in the main text, competitive advantage has to be searched elsewhere, the paper argues.
Keywords: business networks, tourism, competitive advantage
JEL Classification: M21
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