Conceptual Research in Tourism

Xin, S, Tribe, J and Chambers, Donna (2013) Conceptual Research in Tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 41. pp. 66-88. ISSN 0160-7383

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Abstract

Whilst quantitative and qualitative research methods have been comprehensively discussed in the literature there remains a notable absence of discussion about conceptual research. This study addresses this gap and provides an original contribution through a rigorous analysis of conceptual research in tourism. It distinguishes between conceptual and other research and provides a definition and evaluation of the concept. Quantitative and qualitative content analysis of published journal articles generates three significant outcomes. First, conceptual research, whilst increasing in popularity, is seen to be relatively marginal in tourism. Second a typology of conceptual research issues is constructed. Third a new definition is proposed. Finally an analysis of five examples provides a more holistic understanding of conceptual research and its processes and products.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tourism > Tourism
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Tourism
International Centre for Research in Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Donna Chambers
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 16:31
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 13:20
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/4651

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