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Type: Journal article
Title: Examining tourism SME owners' place attachment, support for community and business performance: the role of the enlightened self-interest model
Author: Hallak, R.
Brown, G.
Lindsay, N.
Citation: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2013; 21(5):658-678
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0966-9582
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Rob Hallak, Graham Brown and Noel J. Lindsay
Abstract: This research examines how support for the local community by small tourism businesses influences their enterprise performance, and the extent to which the owners’ place attachment influences the level of support that they provide to the community. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling were used to analyse the responses from the owners of 298 small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) operating in regional South Australia. Results of the analysis provide support for the validity of a structural model. The place attachment of tourism business owners has a significant positive effect on their support for the community which in turn has a significant positive effect on enterprise performance. The robustness of the structural model was tested through a series of invariance (equality) tests. Results demonstrate that the causal relationships among place attachment, support for community and enterprise performance hold true (are invariant) irrespective of the gender of the business owner, the size of the business, and/or the length of time the business has been operating. These findings have implications for research scholars in developing more robust tests of model relationships between and across groups, and for tourism policymakers aiming to support the sustainable development of regional tourism destinations.
Keywords: SMTEs; place attachment; business support for community; enlightened self-interest; structural equation modelling; multi-group invariance
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020121131
DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2012.709861
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