The book represents a state of the art review of key research on small firms in tourism in relation to European integration. It is, therefore, an essential resource for those engaged in research relating to tourism SMEs in transitional economies throughout the world. In addition, it is an essential purchase for the increasing number of students studying modules on small businesses as part of their final year undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
One of the key features of this book is its clear focus on breaking new ground by reporting recent research and theorising on small firms in tourism. In many cases, the analysis provided by contributors will carefully relate small business behaviour to issues of wider concern to tourism academics and policy-makers. It is also distinctive for its overt emphasis on contrasting European experiences.
These characteristics contrast with the existing literature on small firms in tourism and hospitality, particularly in Europe. Previous literature achieved their aims by providing valuable syntheses of existing literature. Now that such 'taking of stock' has been undertaken, there is a demand for more overtly research-based texts that are nevertheless accessible to a wide audience. This book does exactly that.
Focuses on small firms in European tourism Breaks new ground by being a research-based text that remains accessible to a wide audience *An excellent resource for those researching small business and tourism in transitional economies worldwide
Researchers in the field of tourism and hospitality, and small businesses more generally, and, potentially, policy-makers. Their will also be a smaller student market of postgraduate students on tourism (or hospitality) management programmes. The book would take advantage of the growing number of small business modules on such programmes.
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Dr Rhodri Thomas has edited and co-authored five books and written extensively for various refereed journals. His work won Best Article awards in 1995 and 2001 in IJCHM and QAE respectively. In addition, he has contributed various chapters to other edited collections and made various national and international conference presentations. He is a member of the following Editorial Boards: International Journal of Entrepreneurship; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, and Local Economy. He is Convenor of the ATLAS Tourism SMEs Research Network (ATLAS currently has members in more than seventy countries).
Centre for the Study of Small Tourism and Hospitality Firms, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Marcjanna Augustyn’s research interests include strategic management and quality management within tourism SMEs as well as European tourism policy. She has published 26 pieces of work and presented 24 conference papers. Her research work received a grade 4 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise within Unit of Assessment 43: Business and Management Studies: Tourism. Marcjanna also acts as the Book Reviews Editor for "Tourism Analysis. An Interdisciplinary Journal" and is a member of the Tourism Society (UK) and AIEST: International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (Switzerland).
Scarborough Management Centre,The Business School, University of Hull