Brokers and Saboteurs: Actor Roles in Destination Innovation Network Development

Flemming Sørensen*, Nanna Balsby

*Corresponding author

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In many tourist destinations, innovation network development is complicated because relevant actors have divergent interests with respect to destination development. This article reports a longitudinal case study of a destination innovation network within a small tourist destination. The network in question formed in spite of fierce conflict between destination actors. The article illustrates how different network actor roles make innovation network development possible, and how other roles make it troublesome. The findings emphasise how the right mix, timing, and interplay of various actor roles is crucial for innovation network building in conflict-dominated tourist destinations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTourism Planning & Development
VolumeLatest articles
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2020


  • Network
  • Innovation
  • Destination
  • Roles
  • Conflict
  • Case study

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