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Small business performance: a UK tourism sector focus

Morrison, Alison J. and Teixeira, Rivanda (2004) Small business performance: a UK tourism sector focus. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 11 (2). pp. 166-173. ISSN 1462-6004

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Abstract

Discussion and analysis of small businesses tends to work on generalised, popularised understanding and knowledge of what their motivations are and how they behave in a business environment. The need to explore below these generalisations into the submerged variables and relationships is argued in this paper if academics and policy makers seriously want to interpret and induct theory and practice from the key actors within their natural habitat. Thus, this paper provides a conceptual framework relative to small, urban tourism business performance, which is used as an analytical framework to guide the interpretation of qualitative research undertaken with small businesses in the City of Glasgow. Specifically, discussion and conclusions focus on the complexity and multi-dimensional nature of small tourism business performance, aspects pertaining to competitive advantages, and the enterprise development issues arising from the prioritisation of lifestyle objectives over those of a more explicit economic nature. Conclusions are drawn relative to research, managerial and enterprise policy implications.

Item type: Article
ID code: 4024
Keywords: business performance, UK, tourism sector, lifestyles, small enterprises, tourism, Commerce
Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Hospitality and Tourism Management
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2007
    Last modified: 16 Jul 2013 19:57
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/4024

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