Does distributed leadership have a place in destination management organisations? A policy-makers perspective.

Hristov, D. and Zehrer, A., 2017. Does distributed leadership have a place in destination management organisations? A policy-makers perspective. Current Issues in Tourism, 1 - 21. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2017.1364715

Abstract

Within an increasingly networked environment and recent transitions in the landscape of funding for destination management organisations (DMOs) and destinations, pooling knowledge and resources may well be seen as a prerequisite to ensuring the long-term sustainability of reshaped, yet financially constrained DMOs facing severe challenges to deliver value to destinations, visitors and member organisations. Distributed Leadership (DL) is a recent paradigm gaining momentum in destination research as a promising response to these challenges. Building on the scarce literature on DL in a DMO context, this paper provides a policy-makers’ perspective into the place of DL in reshaped DMOs and DMOs undergoing transformation and explores current challenges and opportunities to the enactment and practice of DL. The underpinned investigation used in-depth, semi-structured interviews with policy-makers from VisitEngland following an interview agenda based on the DMO Leadership Cycle. Policy-makers within VisitEngland saw a multitude of opportunities for DMOs with regards to DL, but equally, they emphasised challenges acting as barriers to realising the potential benefits of introducing a DL model to DMOs as a response to uncertainty in the funding landscape.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1368-3500
Group:University Executive Team
ID Code:29650
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:05 Sep 2017 10:12
Last Modified:05 Sep 2017 10:12

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