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Women as social entrepreneurs in the hospitality and tourism industry: Does (dis)empowerment play a role?

Kimbu, Albert N and Ngoasong, Michael (2015) Women as social entrepreneurs in the hospitality and tourism industry: Does (dis)empowerment play a role? In: International Critical Tourism Studies Conference V, 2015-06-26 - 2015-06-30, Opatija Croatia.

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This paper which is a work in progress presents a qualitative study exploring the nature, motivations and extent to which female entrepreneurs use their H&T businesses as platforms for engagement in various forms of social entrepreneurship (SE) leading to value creation, economic and community development. Although SE is seen as a key contributor to the creation and diversification of entrepreneurial activity, women empowerment and local economic development, there is limited research on the role of female H&T entrepreneurs in emerging non-western destinations. We focus on two research questions: 1) In what ways can female entrepreneurs in H&T be considered as social entrepreneurs and how does the structure and organization of society shape the nature of female participation in SE? 2) What are the challenges involved in mobilizing female entrepreneurs into a system that allows for effective engagement in H&T ventures with SE as the key guiding philosophy for maximising value creation, and meaningfully higher level of satisfaction for all participants? Concepts from women-owned H&T enterprises, SE and women empowerment are drawn upon. We argue that women are embedded in male-dominated traditions/customs, community associations and government bureaucracies that may either empowered or dis-empower them. Using the case of Cameroon, we examine how embeddedness enhances the capacity of women to engage in SE in the H&T industry, thereby contributing to local economic development. Empirically we adopt a mixed methods approach using multiple case studies: survey questionnaire, focus groups and in-depth interviews with selected female providers and beneficiaries of social enterprise ventures. The findings clarify the role of women in SE in H&T and policy implications for maximising social value creation through the participation of women in SE. Key Words: Social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, embeddedness, women-owned hospitality and tourism businesses

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Kimbu, Albert
Ngoasong, Michael
Date : 1 June 2015
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2015 The Authors
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, embeddedness
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:34
Last Modified : 11 Mar 2020 10:48

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