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“Female Charm”: Women's Role in Tourism Internationalization, Innovation, and Networking Strategies

“Female Charm”: Women's Role in Tourism Internationalization, Innovation, and Networking Strategies
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Author(s): Carlos Costa (GOVCOPP, University of Aveiro, Portugal), Zélia Breda (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Fiona Eva Bakas (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Marília Durão (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Isabel Pinho (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 20
Source title: Gender Economics: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7510-8.ch023

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Abstract

A significant challenge faced by the tourism and hospitality industries in a rapidly changing world, is the ability to sustain organisational growth. Some of the main strategies for achieving organisational growth are those related to innovation, internationalisation and networking. Addressing tourism studies' contemporary shift to a focus on social influences, this study investigates the relations between gender and organisational growth. Qualitative analysis of focus groups with managers from the seven administrative regions in Portugal provides an in-depth account of tourism and gender issues based on empirical evidence. Viewing the ways in which tourism managers contribute to organisational growth through the angle of gender, this chapter provides a compelling account of the delicate and often invisible interactions between economic and social transactions. Results illustrate how women as a labour source are paradoxically viewed as both an asset and an impediment to organisational growth strategies.

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