This book hopes to stimulate discussion about how entrepreneurship and innovation contribute to growing inequalities in territories. This will help bridge the gap between research and practice on the role of territory dynamics and regional development.
The book begins by examining the growing inequality in regions, which has resulted in lagging economic development. The need to shift current economic policy towards spatial inequality through harnessing the innovative capabilities of regions is examined. The book puts forth a case for reversing the inequality that is evident in lagging regions as a way to reinvigorate territories.
The book should appeal to researchers, policy makers, business leaders and the general public interested in territorial dynamics and development.
Table of Contents
List of figures. List of tables. List of contributors.
1. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Inequality: Exploring Territorial Dynamics (Vanessa Ratten, Jose Alvarez Garcia and Maria de la Cruz del Rio Rama) 2. Sport Facilities, Tourism Innovation, and Territorial Development: Provisional Results of a New Downhill Installation in the Italian Alps (Stefano Duglio) 3. Scientific Tourism and Territorial Singularities: Some Theoretical and Methodological Contributions (Sergio Nunes and Vanda Sousa) 4. Information about Entrepreneurship: Online Evidence in Local Administration (Maria Teresa Nevado Gil, Luisa Cagica Carvalho and Ana Luisa Godoy Caballero) 5. Tourists Purchase Intentions for All-inclusive Holiday Packages: A New Research Agenda (Konstantinos Koronios, Dimitripoulos Panagiotis, Athanasios Kriemadis and Andreas Papadopoulos) 6. Augmented Reality as a Facilitator of Visitor Experience: The Museum Context (Azizul Hassan) 7. Investigating a New Framework for Medical Tourism Adoption: A Case Study on Iran (Seyedeh Om Salameh Pourhashemi) 8. Toward a Framework to Unlock Innovation from Big Data (Valentina Ndou, Edlira Kalemi, Ogerta Elezaj and Enrico Ciavolino) 9. Innovations in Medical Tourism against the Paradigm of Sustainable Development Background (Aleksandra Machnik and Adrian Lubowiecki-Vikuk) 10. Process Innovation in High-End Tourism Organizations: A Case Study in a ‘Diamond-level’ Hotel in the Riviera Maya (Manuel Suarez-Barraza, Francisco Rodriguez-Gonzalez and Sergio Rafael Cue-Funes) 11. The Use of Data-Driven Technologies in Tourism Marketing (Mark Camilleri) 12. The Effects of Pension System Reforms on Tourism Spending of Spanish Retirees (Beatriz Rosado-Cebrián, Immaculada Domínguez-Fabián and Jose Álvarez-García)
Vanessa Ratten is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at La Trobe University, Australia.
Jose Álvarez-García is Associate Professor at University of Extramadura, Spain.
Maria de la Cruz del Rio Rama is Associate Professor at University of Vigo, Spain.
'In an uncertain and hyper-competitive world, where the tourism industry faces major threats, Vanessa Ratten, Jose Alvarez Garcia, and Maria de la Cruz Rama proffer a more than an interesting book which explores the impacts of technology on the territorial dynamics. While technology fosters competence among destinations, further inequalities very well surface. This must-read book not only situates as an all-encompassing model that explains the dichotomies of the good governance but as a seminal editorial project which surely will stand the test of time.' — Maximiliano E. Korstanje, University of Palermo, Argentina
'The editors Vanessa Ratten, Jose Alvarez Garcia and Maria de la Cruz del Rio Rama put together 12 chapters written by authors from 12 different countries in Entrepreneurship, innovation and inequality: Exploring Territorial Dynamics and Development and show one of the tourism industry’s paradoxes — one that challenges many of its optimistic professionals — is how inequality remains persistent over time. The research questions include: how are territories using entrepreneurial and innovation strategies for tourism? How can territories decrease the level of inequality resulting from regional development? What kinds of tourism influence territories to use innovative strategies? In the first chapter, a sort of Introduction from the editors, they provoke readers into thinking seriously about some issues: "Tourism has been used in regional policy debates to encourage more diversity amongst local economies and create better jobs for the future. In peripheral and less favoured regions, tourism has been a way to slow down outmigration by reinvigorating interest in local economies. This is a central growth strategy for many regions who face economic hardship and a need to transform their regions". A great contribution to analysis and understanding of the interrelation of entrepreneurship, innovation and inequality in territories that intend to be touristic.' — Elizabeth Kyoko Wada, Graduate Programme in Hospitality (MSc and PhD), Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil
Entrepreneurship, innovation and inequality: Exploring Territorial Dynamics and Development is a very interesting book focusing on how the big changes facing this millennium and driven by the new technologies, mainly the digital ones, still bring inequality on territorial dynamics. This is palpable where tourism is sought as a means of growth and business expansion. This central idea is addressed along 12 chapters by experts from different parts of the world that make this book very motivating to read and suitable for both researchers and practitioners. — Regina Schlüter, Researcher and Professor, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
'This book does attempt to provide a strategic approach to evade the territorial inequality which arises due to entrepreneurial tourism innovations. It presents the novel area of research which addressed the balanced territorial development and the entrepreneurial management. The composition of the chapters in this book has been carefully arranged for the convenience of the reader. Tourism entrepreneurship, technology advancements, tourist spending and purchase intentions are the concern discussed by its authors. It will be able to build deep and effective understandings that motivate the innovators to bring territory advancement with the technical advancements. All researches are channelised in order to leave an impression to the readers. I truly congratulate the editors and the authors for the accomplishment of this area of research manuscript.' — Dr Surabhi Srivastava,Post-Doctoral Researcher (Heritage Tourism), University of Kota, Rajasthan, India