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Author : Girish Prayag & Caroline Orchiston & Mesbahuddin Chowdhury
School/Work Place : University of Canterbury | University of Otago
Contact : girish.prayag@canterbury.ac.nz
Year : 2017

The tourism literature on the relationship between resilience and sustainability is still in its infancy. Some argue that resilience planning has emerged as an alternative to sustainable development to provide new perspectives on socio-ecological adjustments to a rapidly changing world (Lew, 2014). While sustainability mitigates or prevents change by maintaining resources above a normative safe level, resilience adapts to change by attempting to build capacity to return to a desired state following both anticipated and unanticipated disruptions (Derissen et al., 2011). Similar to the notion of sustainability, resilience also remains a problematic concept across several disciplines (Folke et al., 2010). While sustainability and resilience may be highly compatible concepts, resilient destinations are not necessarily sustainable (Espiner et al., 2017). Existing studies on tourism resilience are drawn mainly from case studies that adopt a systems approach (Becken, 2013; Espiner & Becken, 2014; Farell & Twining-Ward, 2004) to understand how a socio-ecological system is impacted, and then adapts and recovers from macro-level changes. While such studies are necessary, resilience related studies are needed to understand how different components of a socio-ecological system (e.g., communities, residents and organizations) interact with each other. For example, how do the different facets (e.g., employees, supply chain etc.) of one component of a system such an organization interact with each other to build resilience? This study focuses on examining how tourism organizations build resilience in the recovery phase of a disaster. Similar to ecosystems, organizations also face stressful events and are thus vulnerable to both internal and external shocks (Lee, Vargo & Seville, 2013). The objectives of the study are two-fold: (i) to ascertain the relationships between three concepts of resilience psychological resilience, employee resilience and organizational resilience); and (2) to identify the influence of life satisfaction on these three concepts.

Prayag, Orchiston & Chowdhury, From Sustainability to Resilience_Understanding Different Facets of Organizational Resilience.pdf


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort Date
7 Think Tank XVII Reducing economic leakages from tourism: A value chain... file 1364 Aug 17, 2017

The research is funded by the Centre for the Development of Enterprise and with the guidance of the International Trade Centre of UNCTAD. The authors would like to thank Pablo LoMoro at the International Trade Centre for his considerable sup...

Author: Andrew Rylance & Anna Spenceley 

Year: 2017 

OPA: 2017 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

6 Think Tank XVII A meta-analysis of the tourism and economic growth nexus file 1456 Aug 17, 2017

The existing literature is fraught with empirical studies delineating the impact of the tourism sector on economic growth. However, the results are at best inconclusive. In this regard, the aim of the present study is to investigate the unde...

Author: Boopendra Seetanah & Robin Nunkoo & Raja Vinesh Sannassee & Paul Georges Warren Moraghen & Zameelah Rifkha Khan Jaffur 

Year: 2017 

5 Think Tank XVII Sustainable tourism certification in the hotel sector ... file 1492 Aug 17, 2017

This paper presents research commissioned by the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s African Natural Resources Center (ANRC), that aimed to to identify and summarise existing monitoring data being gathered by national tourism authorities and i...

Author: Anna Spenceley 

Year: 2017 

4 Think Tank XVII The Role of Tour guide for Sustainable Tourism with th... file 1555 Aug 17, 2017

The emergence of information technology has a profound impact on tourism industry. Today, visitors are more inclined to have searched the Internet to gain more pre-tour knowledge for the destinations than before. The advances of the various ...

Author: Daisy Suk-fong FUNG 

Year: 2017 

3 Think Tank XVII Product innovation in route-based tourism: Interactive... file 1855 Aug 17, 2017

Route-based tourism on walking, hiking and cycling routes is experiencing resurgence throughout the world (Collins-Kreiner, 2010) and can be a driver of sustainable development, particularly for remote areas (Briedenhann & Wickens, 2004;...

Author: Anna Scuttari & Isidoro De Bortoli & Harald Pechlaner & Hannes Riegler 

Year: 2017 

» Think Tank XVII From Sustainability to Resilience: Understanding Diffe... file 4460 Aug 17, 2017

The tourism literature on the relationship between resilience and sustainability is still in its infancy. Some argue that resilience planning has emerged as an alternative to sustainable development to provide new perspectives on socio-ecolo...

Author: Girish Prayag & Caroline Orchiston & Mesbahuddin Chowdhury 

Year: 2017 

1 Think Tank XVII Overtourism. An analysis of contextual factors contrib... file 16666 Aug 17, 2017

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry and has far-reaching economic, social and environmental impact. The rapid growth of tourism is a challenge for many destinations. But growth in tourist numbers is not the only reason for the many problem...

Author: Fabian Weber 

Year: 2017 

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