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Veza: An informal network of tourism entrepreneurs

Vlatka Skokic, Paul Lynch and Alison Morrison

Annals of Tourism Research, 2019, vol. 77, issue C, 26-37

Abstract: This longitudinal research positioned at the juncture of tourism, entrepreneurship and transition economies studies investigates the specific informal personal network veza of tourism entrepreneurs. The study discusses the triggers of network formation and their role and utilisation through the entire business lifecycle. Findings demonstrate that veza ties have a dual role in the lifecycle both as main facilitator of entrepreneurial activity and as driver of success of entrepreneurial ventures by providing necessary resources and overcoming barriers in a turbulent institutional environment. This study contributes to tourism social sciences by providing an integrative framework to study the emergence, formation and utilisation of entrepreneurial informal networks in tourism in transition economies.

Keywords: Informal personal networks; Veza; Favours; Tourism entrepreneurs; Small firms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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