Knowledge Dynamics in Sustainable Standard Setting in Tourism: The Case of ‘Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA)’

Annika Surmeier, Simone Strambach

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The development of standards and certification programmes in global tourism has gained importance in the production-consumption-nexus. This paper deals with the ‘Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa’ standard, one of the first innovative service standards with a focus on the social dimension of sustainability. Until now, there has been little detailed exploration in the evolutionary trajectories of sustainable tourism standards from a knowledge-based perspective. This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of standard creation in global–local interaction processes over time and its impacts on the micro level of firms. Conceptually, it builds on two scientific debates: the neo-institutional approaches in organisational theory focusing on institution building and the research on innovation and knowledge dynamics. Empirically, it is based on 32 interviews conducted with different actor groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-752
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Volume16
Issue number7/8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Knowledge Dynamics in Sustainable Standard Setting in Tourism: The Case of ‘Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA)’'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this