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In search of inhospitable knowledge.

Skokic, Vlatka; Lynch, Paul; Morrison, Alison


Vlatka Skokic

Paul Lynch

Alison Morrison


The aim of this article is to discuss the key issues which have had significant influence on a PhD research student journey from positivism to interpretivism and the subsequent impact on the research methodology adopted. This journey is illustrated through 1) briefly analysing and reflecting upon the nature of relevant accumulated knowledge in the fields of hospitality, tourism and entrepreneurship fields; 2) critically analysing the impact of social setting on entrepreneurial behaviours and attitude; and 3) reflecting upon how the two previous points influence researcher behaviour and methodological design. Drawing upon research undertaken within the Dalmatia region of Croatia, a former socialist country, the contextual focus is small hotel owners within the hospitality industry. The article is loosely framed within a hospitality analytical lens and furthers debate on the nature of academic hospitality (Phipps and Barnett 2007) as well as proposing steps to welcome inhospitable knowledge.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 21, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Mar 22, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2017
Journal Hospitality and Scoiety
Print ISSN 2042-7913
Electronic ISSN 2042-7921
Publisher Intellect
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 31-54
Keywords Knowledge creation; academic tribes; insider participant; positivism; reflexivity; hospitality and tourism entrepreneurship;
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Contract Date Mar 22, 2016


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