A CONCEPTUALISATION OF PROFESSIONALISM IN TOURISM

Hussey, Jennifer and Holden, Mary. T and Lynch, Patrick (2011) A CONCEPTUALISATION OF PROFESSIONALISM IN TOURISM. In: 29th EUROCHRIE Conference,, 19th -22nd of October 2011, Dubrovnick, Croatia.

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Abstract

The success of the global tourism industry will ultimately depend on its professionalism (Edgell et al., 2008). Tourism professionalism is a multidimensional concept, but lacking consensus on its dimensions; this paper addresses this issue by presenting a conceptualisation of professionalism. This paper extends Hall’s (1968) early work on professionalism, which conceptualised professionalism as involving 5 dimensions. Based on the literature and the tourism context, this paper uniquely argues that there are 10 discriminant dimensions of professionalism. It is perceived that the authors’ study on tourism professionalism will make a significant contribution to the focalised knowledge streams and provide transitional countries with insights into their support, for example, through educational interventions. Keywords: Professionalism, Conceptual framework, Tourism Education

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments or Groups: RIKON (Research in Inovation, Knowledge & Organisational Networks)
Divisions: School of Business > Department of Management and Organization
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 15:50
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:26
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/1678

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