The nature of ethical entrepreneurship in tourism

Susann Power, MariaLaura Di Domenico, Graham Miller

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Abstract

This article examines ethical entrepreneurship in tourism by developing a Weberian Ideal-Type Construct for an ethical tourism entrepreneur, and thereby deeper understanding of ethical tourism entrepreneurship. This research contributes to the extremely scarce literature at the academic juncture of ethics, tourism and entrepreneurship, which is significant as tourism is characterised by entrepreneurial idiosyncrasies with ethical challenges. The study is methodologically rooted in Personal Construct Theory. The qualitative findings from 15 semi-structured interviews with entrepreneurs, who have been commended for their ethical business conduct, show that ethical entrepreneurship in tourism is based on intuitionism, care and relationships, future-orientation, humility and benevolence as key virtues. These findings challenge the more traditional views of entrepreneurial attributes, such as egoism, risk-taking and opportunism.
LanguageEnglish
Pages36-48
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume65
Early online date16 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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Entrepreneurship
Tourism
Entrepreneurs
Egoism
Future orientation
Benevolence
Personal construct theory
Ideal types
Opportunism
Risk taking
Structured interview

Keywords

  • entrepreneurial ethic
  • tourism entrepreneur
  • Weber's Ideal-Type
  • Personal Construct Theory

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Power, Susann ; Di Domenico, MariaLaura ; Miller, Graham. / The nature of ethical entrepreneurship in tourism. 2017 ; Vol. 65. pp. 36-48.
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