Special Issue "Competitiveness, Sustainability and Tourism"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2019).
Interests: Development of new theoretical models to explain the competitiveness of companies, nations, regions and industrial / tourist districts, based on the complementarity of internal and external sources, but above all in the learning and innovation capacities, practices and forms of organization and knowledge management, and management structures and corporate governance. Intangible assets. Firm as a knowledge, learning and innovation organization. Dynamic / innovation capabilities. Strategy, competitiveness, sustainability and quality in tourism enterprises and destinations. Regional prospective. Cooperation and enviromental adaptation. Teams and governace structures. The case of family firm. The interplay between family ownership and competitive / sustainable strategies and practices. ets, as well as in techniques of structural analysis and economic and regional prospective.
Tourism is a major activity in the global economy, not only because of its economic impact but also because of its social and environmental implications. The management practices and processes adopted by tourist companies and destinations are very heterogeneous and have variable impacts on the sustainability of the ecosystem in its triple aspect. However, the available knowledge about the value of different practices in order to promote both sustainable development and a greater competitiveness is still limited. Although the dominant thesis is that the contribution to sustainability should help the long-term competitive improvement, we still need comprehensive studies and cases that support it and that serve as scientific support for public-private strategies undertaken by tourism organizations with desires to be socially responsible and environmentally efficient institutions
This Special Issue aims to stimulate studies of the interrelationships between competitiveness and sustainability in tourism that help identify the best practices for their convergence. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to include papers that contribute to this knowledge with conceptual or empirical studies that present new ideas, theories, advancements, experiences, evidences or methodologies that support the convergence of economic, social and environmental competitiveness, the factors that help to its alignment and the resistances that can break their complementarity. We welcome research papers and case studies with a focus on a broad range of thematic topics addressing the principles and practices of sustainability, responsibility and competitiveness in tourism industry. Potential submissions can address the following questions, but are not limited to those:
- Sustainability practices are guided by ethical considerations and therefore are influenced by the culture prevailing in the territory and society in which the company is inserted, by the political vision of the development of the ecosystem, by the organization and social pressure, by the location and its exposure to problems of degradation or preservation, by the carrying capacity in terms of tourist flows and residential settlements, and by the positioning of the destination in the markets. What are the pressures and forces at the destination level that condition the adoption of competitive strategies that include sustainability as one of its arguments?
- Sustainability practices at the level of corporate governance (affecting the definition of mission and its implications in social and environmental responsibility).
- Sustainability practices in the workplace (health and safety at work, demand for sustainability in the supply chain).
- Environmental protection practices (conservation of resources, minimization of emissions, recycling, renewable energies, innovations in clean technologies, ecotourism).
- Community engagement practices (social innovation).
- Stakeholder engagement practices (cooperative relations with stakeholders with environmental interests).
- Factors that determine the adoption of these practices in tourism businesses, among others, the structure of ownership (family and non-family, national and international capital, local roots), the availability of capital, the commitment and style of management, strategic focus of the firm, institutional pressure, etc.
- The relative weight for adopting sustainable practices of mandatory regulation versus self-adaptation and self-regulation. Experiences of companies and tourist destinations.
Prof. Dr. César Camisón
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- Competitiveness of tourism firms
- Competitiveness in tourism destinations
- Sustainability in tourism
- Environmental management and competitive advantage in tourism
- Natural resources and competitiveness in tourism
- New responsible business models in tourism
- Sustainable development and tourism growth
- Responsible innovation in tourism
- Drivers of sustainable innovation in tourism
- Green supply chain in tourism
- Quality service, destination image and ecotourism
- Sustainability management practices of tourism firms
- Socially responsible tourism firms
- Regulation versus auto-regulation in tourism