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“Making do” in rural tourism: the resourcing behaviour of tourism micro-firms
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Tourism Studies. Mittuniversitetet. (CeTLeR)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7255-9338
Mittuniversitetet.
2020 (English)In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, ISSN 0966-9582, E-ISSN 1747-7646Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

We propose entrepreneurial bricolage as a framework that enables the description, explanation and exploration of the modus operandi of tour- ism micro-firms. Particularly, the notion of spatial bricolage constitutes fertile ground for further research and theoretical advances of sustain- able tourism entrepreneurship. The potential for rural tourism develop- ment is conditioned by entrepreneurs’ capability to utilise local physical and non-material resources sustainably. Thus, knowledge about the resourcing behaviour of micro-firms is paramount to understanding their role in promoting sustainable tourism. This study explores how rural micro-firms interact with their spatial environment to design tour- ism value propositions. Our analysis is based on interviews with eight- een owners-managers of tourism micro-firms in rural Sweden. We portray spatial bricolage as a resourcing behaviour that builds on the re-interpretation of existing resources, the unique features of the destin- ation and community involvement. The findings suggest that resource transfer facilitates sustainable development since it enables long-term planning and validates the entrepreneurs’ operation. Moreover, their small-scale enables rural tourism firms to utilise local resources in non- exploitative ways that minimise disturbance for other stakeholders.

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2020.
Keywords [en]
Embeddedness; micro-firms; resource mobilisation; Spatial bricolage; sustainable development; tourism entrepreneurship
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Social and Economic Geography
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Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis, General Microdata Analysis - tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-31716DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1715993ISI: 000508535000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85078424825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-31716DiVA, id: diva2:1387740
Available from: 2020-01-22 Created: 2020-01-22 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved

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