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Foundations of innovation: the role of local government in the production and distribution of knowledge in regional tourism systems

Richards, Fiona E. and Carson, Dean B. (2006). Foundations of innovation: the role of local government in the production and distribution of knowledge in regional tourism systems. In: O'Mahony, G. Barry and Whitelaw, Paul A. CAUTHE 2006. Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education, Melbourne, 6-9 February 2006.

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IRMA ID 78669150xPUB1
Author Richards, Fiona E.
Carson, Dean B.
Title Foundations of innovation: the role of local government in the production and distribution of knowledge in regional tourism systems
Conference Name CAUTHE 2006. Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education
Conference Location Melbourne
Conference Dates 6-9 February 2006
Conference Publication Title CAUTHE 2006: "to the city and beyond..." - Proceedings of the 16th Annual CAUTHE Conference
Editor O'Mahony, G. Barry
Whitelaw, Paul A.
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC
Publisher Victoria University
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 0975058517   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 607
End Page 621
Total Pages 15
Field of Research 1506 - Tourism
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract The production and distribution of knowledge is seen as one of the critical elements facilitating innovation in economic systems. Regional tourism systems face the challenge of developing processes for knowledge procurement and dissemination. For the processes to be effective there must be recognition of the importance of knowledge, an understanding of the type of data and information required to generate knowledge, and protocols for knowledge management. Previous research documented in the literature and a set of five focus groups conducted by the authors in 2002 and 2003 recognise local government as a central player in the flows of information within regional tourism systems. Despite this recognition, the focus groups suggested that there are few good practice examples of local government managing the information flows. The research reveals barriers to effective management processes arising from characteristics of individuals (particularly local government tourism officers), the organisational structures of local government, and the connections between local government and other organisations and institutions in regional tourism systems. The paper concludes that maodels need to be developed which either diminish the role od local government in information flows, or provide better support for local government to perform their role.
Keyword Regional tourism
Local government
Systems of innovation
Small area tourism data
Knowledge management
 
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