Knowledge dynamics in the tourism-social entrepreneurship nexus

Giang Thi Linh Phi, Michelle Whitford, Dianne Dredge

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Tourism is often employed as a vehicle for facilitating social-economic development, however its usefulness has been somewhat limited in relation to addressing social issues, and in particular, those issues relating to poverty. This is partly due to the lack of cross-sectoral interactions and knowledge exchange between private, public and third sectors that are needed to create effective and appropriate initiatives to leverage tourism for social benefits. Such traditional sectoral boundaries can be broken down through social entrepreneurship approaches which concomitantly, facilitate the creation and synergising of social innovation that addresses persistent social issues. Yet to date, the utility of cross-sectoral knowledge dynamics still remains largely under-researched in both the social entrepreneurship and tourism literature. This chapter introduces readers to the concept of knowledge dynamics and discusses knowledge dynamics in the tourism and social entrepreneurship nexus via a case study of community-based tourism in Mai Hich, Vietnam. We argue that by gaining an enhanced understanding of cross-sectoral knowledge dynamics, we can strengthen the overall praxis of tourism and social entrepreneurship, and in particular, assist policymakers in fostering conditions that generate increased innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Entrepreneurship and Tourism : Philosophy and Practice
EditorsPauline J. Sheldon, Roberto Daniele
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46516-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46518-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesSpringer Tourism on the Verge


  • tourism
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge Diffusion
  • knowledge sharing
  • Community Development

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    Phi, G. T. L., Whitford, M., & Dredge, D. (2017). Knowledge dynamics in the tourism-social entrepreneurship nexus. In P. J. Sheldon, & R. Daniele (Eds.), Social Entrepreneurship and Tourism: Philosophy and Practice (pp. 155-172). Springer. Springer Tourism on the Verge