Handbook of Research on Innovation in Tourism Industries

Handbook of Research on Innovation in Tourism Industries

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Gry Agnete Alsos, Dorthe Eide and Einar Lier Madsen

The tourism sector – already one of the fastest growing industries in the world – is currently undergoing extensive change thanks to strong market growth and a transition to more experience-based products. The capacity for firms to innovate and adapt to market developments is crucial to their success, but research-based knowledge on innovation strategies in tourism remains scarce. This pioneering Handbook offers timely, original research on innovation within the tourism industry from a number of interdisciplinary and global perspectives.

Preface

Edited by Gry Agnete Alsos, Dorthe Eide and Einar Lier Madsen

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, organisational innovation, development studies, tourism, environment, research methods in the environment, geography, human geography, tourism

Extract

This volume is a collection of 14 chapters from various authors in the field of innovation in tourism industries. The main target readers are scholars, PhD candidates and postgraduate students worldwide interested in research-based knowledge on the topic of innovation in general and particularly related to tourism industries. Further, policy makers and more advanced practitioners will also find it useful. The book takes a broad perspective and covers a variety of issues related to innovation in tourism industries. The chapters are based upon new and significant research, and together they give an overview of the field of innovation in tourism industries. The idea for this book originated in a large research project within tourism, called Northern InSights (www.opplevelserinord.no). This project involves a consortium of six research and university institutions in northern Norway, as well as researchers in other parts of Norway and around the world. The project consists of three main parts, focusing on: (1) ëInnovative and competitive tourism companies in the Northí, (2) ëAdding value though tourist experiencesí, and (3) ëFrom resources to tourist experiencesí. In spring 2011 a first seminar was organized to present preliminary ideas for papers on innovation and related topics such as learning and entrepreneurship, where researchers in projects on such topics participated.