Family business in tourism: State of the art

Getz, Donald and Carlsen, Jack (2005) Family business in tourism: State of the art. Annals of Tourism Research, 32 1: 237-258. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2004.07.006

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Author Getz, Donald
Carlsen, Jack
Title Family business in tourism: State of the art
Journal name Annals of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0160-7383
Publication date 2005-01-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.annals.2004.07.006
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 237
End page 258
Total pages 22
Place of publication Menomorie, Wis, U.S.
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 150603 Tourism Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
1506 Tourism
Abstract A generic model of family business development provides the framework for examining the nature of such businesses in tourism. These enterprises are often centered on a vision which places personal or family needs and preferences ahead of growth and profit maximization. The tourism industry in particular attracts numerous entrepreneurs with predominantly lifestyle motives, yet challenges them in specific ways. Four major themes identified in the literature are discussed, namely small and family business operations, links to entrepreneurship, roles and responsibilities of family members, and destination or community development. Important research gaps are identified, and future research priorities are suggested. Implications for both family business and tourism theory are discussed.
Keyword Family business
family dynamics
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