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Questions for Discussion

  • 1. Why is an understanding of knowledge dynamic important for social entrepreneurs to be successful?
  • 2. Think of some social entrepreneurs that you know in the tourism or hospitality industry. Give examples of ‘boundary spanners’ and ‘gate keepers’.
  • 3. What are some examples of ‘tacit’ and ‘explicit’ knowledge in the tourism context that social entrepreneurs might use?

Acknowledgement Our sincere thanks to Dr. Rob Hales from Griffith University, Australia for

valuable comments on the initial development of this chapter.

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Giang Thi Phi is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University. Her Ph.D. research critically examines the links between microfinance tourism and poverty alleviation. Giang’s broader research interests include the planning, management and evaluation of complex event and tourism projects, social entrepreneurship and the development of tourism approaches for positive social change.

Michelle Whitford is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management in the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University. Her research expertise is in the field of event policy and planning and Indigenous tourism and events. Dr. Whitford’s research work includes co-coordinating projects in the area of Indigenous tourism and events with a focus on supply and demand, capacity development, entrepreneurship, authenticity and commodification and management.

Dianne Dredge is Professor in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. She is Chair of the Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI), a network of over 500 tourism educators and practitioners. This network believes in the powerful transformative effects of education and the co-creation of knowledge in building sustainable and just forms of tourism for the future. Originally trained as an environmental planner, Dianne has 20 years of practical experience working with communities, governments, tourism operators and NGOs. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, collaborative governance, tourism policy, knowledge dynamics and tourism education.

 
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