Improving tourism destination governance: a complexity science approach

Baggio, Rodolfo, Scott, Noel and Cooper, Chris (2010) Improving tourism destination governance: a complexity science approach. Tourism Review, 65 4: 51-60. doi:10.1108/16605371011093863

Author Baggio, Rodolfo
Scott, Noel
Cooper, Chris
Title Improving tourism destination governance: a complexity science approach
Journal name Tourism Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1660-5373
Publication date 2010-11
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/16605371011093863
Volume 65
Issue 4
Start page 51
End page 60
Total pages 10
Editor H. Pechlaner
F. Raich
P. Beritelli
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publisher Emerald Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose -
The growing interest in complexity science as a framework for understanding social and economic systems has had, in recent times, an influence on the study of tourism destinations. This paper aims to describe this approach and discuss its theoretical and methodological implications in terms of destination governance.

Design/methodology/approach -
Traditional research has adopted a reductionist approach to modelling tourist destinations: variables and relationships are embedded in simplified linear models that explain observed phenomena and allow implications for management or forecasting of future behaviours. In comparison, this paper adopts an adaptive management approach. Rather than imposing lines of action to force the evolutionary path of a system, the effect of different management actions are modelled, producing experimental results that provide information about the system that is being managed, and used to refine strategies and governance styles. Complex systems provide a theoretical framework in which this adaptive philosophy is naturally embedded. After a brief overview of the complexity framework, the paper discusses its validity and applicability to the study of tourism systems by using a set of network analysis methods and numerical simulations.

Findings -
This paper discusses a new perspective useful for the study of tourism destination governance, providing insights into its organisational structure and dynamic behaviour.

Originality/value -

The paper proposes a philosophy and practical toolset to analyse and understand a tourism destination and the relationships between its stakeholders. It discusses the implications of this new approach with regard to the governance methods.
Keyword Tourism
Quantitative methods
Qualitative methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: Destination governance

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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Created: Sat, 22 Jan 2011, 15:59:27 EST by Mr Noel Scott on behalf of School of Tourism