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Entrepreneurial Behaviour in Ecotourism: A Study of Business Intention, Start-up and Operation

posted on 10.07.2017, 22:41 by CHRISTOPHER DAVID SWAN
Ecotourism is a recognised positive development tool for fragile or sensitive natural areas. However, little is known as to how and why ecotourism business start-up occurs. This includes a limited understanding as to the role of the entrepreneur in facilitating ecotourism business development. This study aimed to address this research gap through development of a motivational process model for ecotourism entrepreneurship. This model was tested using a mixed cross-sectional and longitudinal research design that collected data from two discrete samples; ecotourism students (representing nascent ecotourism entrepreneurs) and ecotourism operators (representing established entrepreneurs).


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Principal supervisor

Damian Morgan

Additional supervisor 1

Alan Lawton

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Business and Economics