The Learning Tourism Destination: The potential of a learning organisation approach for improving the sustainability of tourism destinations

Schianetz, K., Kavanagh, L. and Lockington, D. (2007) The Learning Tourism Destination: The potential of a learning organisation approach for improving the sustainability of tourism destinations. Tourism Management, 28 6: 1485-1496. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2007.01.012

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Author Schianetz, K.
Kavanagh, L.
Lockington, D.
Title The Learning Tourism Destination: The potential of a learning organisation approach for improving the sustainability of tourism destinations
Journal name Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5177
Publication date 2007-07-19
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2007.01.012
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 28
Issue 6
Start page 1485
End page 1496
Total pages 12
Editor Morrison, A.
Ryan, C.
Brown, F.
Page, S.
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Elsevier Science Ltd
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Subject 291101 Environmental Engineering Modelling
350501 Tourism Policy and Planning
350502 Tourism Resource Appraisal
350507 Tourism Management
Abstract Globalisation, increasing complexity, and the need to address triple-bottom line sustainability has seen the proliferation of Learning Organisations (LO) who, by definition, have the capacity to anticipate environmental changes and economic opportunities and adapt accordingly. Such organisations use system dynamics modelling (SDM) for both strategic planning and the promotion of organisational learning. Although SDM has been applied in the context of tourism destination management for predictive reasons, the current literature does not analyse or recognise how this could be used as a foundation for an LO. This study introduces the concept of the Learning Tourism Destinations (LTD) and discusses, on the basis of a review of 6 case studies, the potential of SDM as a tool for the implementation and enhancement of collective learning processes. The results reveal that SDM is capable of promoting communication between stakeholders and stimulating organisational learning. It is suggested that the LTD approach be further utilised and explored.
Keyword Environmental Studies
Learning Tourism Destination
Learning Organisation
Organisational Learning
Systems Thinking
System Dynamics Modelling
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