Developing practice and theory together: reflecting on a tourism development and research project in Finnish Lapland

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Abstract

Networking and collaboration between academics and practitioners are becoming more intense as a response to the growing demand for tourism research to contribute to the growth and competitiveness of both regional and national economies. Whereas this development challenges the traditional role of academia, it also offers an opportunity to rethink the relationship between theory and practice. The purpose of this study is to reflect on the experiences of a tourism development and research project conducted in Finnish Lapland between 2008 and 2011. In doing so, the study draws attention to the opportunities and challenges faced by academic and tourism workers when combining development and research objectives within a single project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-301
JournalLoisir & Société
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • academic–practitioner collaboration
  • practice
  • research
  • ethnography
  • tourism
  • knowledge
  • tourism development
  • product development
  • Networking
  • Lapland
  • university
  • Enterprises
  • Mutual knowledge building
  • tourism business
  • Academic profession

Field of science

  • Tourism research
  • Business and management

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