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Objectives, Objects and Objectivity: On Practitioner-Academic Collaboration

Journal article
Authors Petra Adolfsson
Henrik Jutbring
Erik Lundberg
Published in Tourism and Leisure Research
Volume 39
Issue 2
Pages 303-320
ISSN 1705-0154
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Business Administration
Centre for Tourism
Pages 303-320
Language en
Keywords practitioner–academic collaboration; boundary objects; sustainability; festivals
Subject categories Business Administration


In the area of tourism management, the previous research shows that collaboration among stakeholders is crucial in achieving or aspiring toward sustainable development because the field is highly fragmented with numerous stakeholders constituting the tourism product. In a single-case study, the analytical concept of boundary objects is used to show that not only the human relationships but also the objects created and used in such collaborations must be considered to understand how such collaboration can influence sustainable tourism practices. The results show the importance of such objects in becoming part of everyday practices and thereby support a sustained collaboration. Additionally, the results indicate that the creation of boundary objects can contribute to a reduced focus on consensus, and therefore, the professional integrity of the parties involved can be maintained.

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