This study examines the relationship between openness to externalcollaborations and innovation outcomes in tourism micro-firms,considering the variety of partners, the geographical outreach of therelationships, and the number of implemented innovation types. Aquantitative analysis of tourism micro-firms located in the Italian Alps iscomplemented with rich qualitative evidence gathered through follow-up interviews. Ourfindings show that higher openness to externalcollaborations leads to a higher probability of introducing an innovationand to higher innovation performances. However, above a certainthreshold, the returns from open innovation decrease as afirm’sopenness increases. This assumption does not hold when consideringopenness to national and international partners, which is positively andsignificantly related to innovation performance. The results suggest thatthe purposive management of external collaborations is a central issuefor tourism entrepreneurs and highlight the positive role thatintermediaries can play in facilitating such dynamics.

Open innovation in tourism micro-firms: evidence from the Italian Alps / Biconne, Valentina; Colombelli, Alessandra; Marullo, Cristina. - In: CURRENT ISSUES IN TOURISM. - ISSN 1368-3500. - ELETTRONICO. - (2023), pp. 1-18. [10.1080/13683500.2023.2277908]

Open innovation in tourism micro-firms: evidence from the Italian Alps

Biconne, Valentina;Colombelli, Alessandra;Marullo, Cristina
2023

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between openness to externalcollaborations and innovation outcomes in tourism micro-firms,considering the variety of partners, the geographical outreach of therelationships, and the number of implemented innovation types. Aquantitative analysis of tourism micro-firms located in the Italian Alps iscomplemented with rich qualitative evidence gathered through follow-up interviews. Ourfindings show that higher openness to externalcollaborations leads to a higher probability of introducing an innovationand to higher innovation performances. However, above a certainthreshold, the returns from open innovation decrease as afirm’sopenness increases. This assumption does not hold when consideringopenness to national and international partners, which is positively andsignificantly related to innovation performance. The results suggest thatthe purposive management of external collaborations is a central issuefor tourism entrepreneurs and highlight the positive role thatintermediaries can play in facilitating such dynamics.
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