Management by boundaries : Insights into the role of boundary objects in a community-based tourism development project

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Matilainen , A , Suutari , T , Lahdesmaki , M & Koski , P 2018 , ' Management by boundaries : Insights into the role of boundary objects in a community-based tourism development project ' , Tourism Management , vol. 67 , pp. 284-296 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2018.02.003

Title: Management by boundaries : Insights into the role of boundary objects in a community-based tourism development project
Author: Matilainen, Anne; Suutari, Timo; Lahdesmaki, Merja; Koski, Pasi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki
University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Independent Researcher
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Tourism Management
ISSN: 0261-5177
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332718
Abstract: Community-based tourism development typically assumes co-operation between different stakeholder groups at the local level, and thus combines different types of knowledge. However, this does not imply that a consensus exists between the stakeholders in the first place. In this article, we present a potential conceptual tool, namely boundary objects that could support stakeholders from different knowledge communities in working jointly towards a common goal and generate commitment towards it. The literature concerning knowledge communities and boundary objects is used as a theoretical framework. A three-year community-based tourism development project comprises the data of the article, and is used as a case study to illustrate the role of different knowledge communities, and to analyse the selected boundary objects. The results illustrate the importance of proper design of boundary objects in community-based tourism development processes, and highlight the features of a successful boundary object in generating ownership feelings towards development activities. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Community-based tourism (CBT)
Boundary object
Knowledge communities
Case study
Stakeholder
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
PSYCHOLOGICAL OWNERSHIP
STAKEHOLDER THEORY
KNOWLEDGE
INNOVATION
PARTICIPATION
MODEL
INVOLVEMENT
FRAMEWORK
NETWORKS
511 Economics
512 Business and Management
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