Author : Girish Prayag & Caroline Orchiston & Mesbahuddin Chowdhury
School/Work Place : University of Canterbury | University of Otago
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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

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7 Think Tank XVII Lack of transparency - a barrier for the diffusion of ... file 223 Aug 17, 2017

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Author: Sven-Olaf Gerdt, Elisa Wagner & Gerhard Schewe 

Year: 2017 

6 Think Tank XVII The Role of Tour guide for Sustainable Tourism with th... file 1661 Aug 17, 2017

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Author: Daisy Suk-fong FUNG 

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5 Think Tank XVII Managing open rock art sites for tourism, in the centr... file 325 Aug 17, 2017

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Author: Claire Louisa Fordred & Kevin Mearns 

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4 Think Tank XVII Investigating the impact of climate change on the tour... file 805 Aug 17, 2017

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3 Think Tank XVII Investigating the relationship between FDI and Tourism... file 210 Aug 17, 2017

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Author: Sheereen Fauzel, & Boopen Seetanah 

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2 Think Tank XVII Making hotel guests voluntarily waive daily room cleaning file 287 Aug 17, 2017

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1 Think Tank XVII Responsible tourism and innovation practices by touris... file 320 Aug 17, 2017

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