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Entrepreneurship in island contexts: a systematic review of the tourism and hospitality literature

Entrepreneurship in island contexts: a systematic review of the tourism and hospitality literature

Booth, Paul, Chaperon, Samantha ORCID: 0000-0001-8514-7447, Kennell, James ORCID: 0000-0002-7877-7843 and Morrison, Alastair M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083 (2019) Entrepreneurship in island contexts: a systematic review of the tourism and hospitality literature. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 85:102438. ISSN 0278-4319 (doi:

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Entrepreneurship is vital to the success of tourism and hospitality and the sector makes an important contribution to many island economies. Despite this, far too little attention has been paid by researchers to tourism and hospitality entrepreneurship in islands (THEI). This research helps to address this gap through a systematic review of the literature, conducted to provide a platform for further research and to help investigators set their research priorities and thereby advance understanding of this important field. Using the Scopus database and the PRISMA technique, a total of 132 articles were included in bibliometric and thematic content analyses. The review revealed that, although there has been an increase in THEI research, this has tended to focus on the Asia-Pacific region rather than the European and North American contexts. It was also found that, hitherto, the generalizability of much THEI published research is limited. It is therefore suggested that researchers consider redressing this geographical bias and conduct more quantitative and comparative THEI studies. Further opportunities exist for scholars to investigate the characteristics and behaviors of tourism and hospitality island entrepreneurs as well as the impacts of the industrial and spatial aspects of THEI. For professionals working in island economic development and business support, this research identifies many of the challenges and opportunities associated with supporting THEI.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism and hospitality entrepreneurship, islands, PRISMA technique, systematic literature review, bibliometric analysis, thematic analysis, Scopus
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 08:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1

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