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Tour guides’ self-efficacy and resilience capability building through sharing economy platforms.

Shang, K., Fan, D. X.F. and Buhalis, D., 2023. Tour guides’ self-efficacy and resilience capability building through sharing economy platforms. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 1-43.

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DOI: 10.1108/IJCHM-01-2022-0071


Purpose: This study aims to explore how the local tour guides (LTGs) operate through the sharing economy platform. This study explores how LTGs have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions using self-efficacy and other resources to improve resilience and performance. This study also delineates the working mechanisms of peer-to-peer (P2P) platform-enabled, dynamic capability building processes, in the tourism sharing economy. Design/methodology/approach: This research adopted an interpretive approach to understand the focal phenomenon using two types of data. A total of 40 semi-structured interviews with LTGs and 26,478 online tourist reviews from tour guide service participants’ before and during the COVID-19 pandemic were used. Findings: The findings of this study revealed that LTGs used sharing economy platforms to arrange flexible tour guide services. Resilience emerged through dynamic capability that addressed contextual factors in real time. LTGs coordinated different resources and customers during a time of uncertainty. Different sources of self-efficacy and types of dynamic capability were identified. The interplay between LTGs’ self-efficacy and dynamic capability was also delineated. Practical implications: The findings provide guidance for LTGs on P2P platforms and other sharing economy sectors on how diverse resources enabled by the sharing economy can enhance resilience during times of uncertainty. LTGs that engage with contextual information and are dynamic can adopt itineraries and services that will benefit tourists and their business. Originality/value: This study contributes to the sharing economy literature by theorizing the working flow that enables LTGs to exert self-efficacy and leverage dynamic capability on P2P platforms. This study also contributes by linking resilience to contextual factors in real time. The outcomes provide guidance for LTGs to remain competitive and establish resilience in uncertain environments.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sharing economy; self-efficacy; dynamic capability; Local Tour Guide; COVID-19
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:38262
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Feb 2023 17:10
Last Modified:17 Feb 2023 17:10


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