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Hotel entrepreneurship in a turbulent environment

Skokic, V, Lynch, P and Morrison, A (2016) Hotel entrepreneurship in a turbulent environment International Journal of Hospitality Management, 53. pp. 1-11.

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This paper aims to explore the factors that stimulate entrepreneurship among small hotels in a former socialist economy which experienced a turbulent economic and social transition period. The study investigates how specific aspects such as a low level of competition and position of the entrepreneurs in society, acted as facilitating or inhibiting factors for entrepreneurship. The findings from in-depth interviews with 37 hotel entrepreneurs demonstrate that institutional deficiencies influence market orientation of the entrepreneurs and that the specific social context sets the conditions by which lifestyle-related motives will exist or not. They also underscore that investigation of entrepreneurs needs to take account of a broad range of socio-cultural factors and not solely entrepreneurial agency. Inclusion of a transitional economic and social setting into the broader theoretical framework of hospitality entrepreneurial research demonstrates the value of a contextualized approach.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
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Date : February 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.ijhm.2015.11.008
Additional Information : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Jan 2016 12:54
Last Modified : 13 Jan 2016 12:54

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