Exploring entrepreneurial skills and competencies in farm tourism

Phelan, Chris and Sharpley, Richard (2012) Exploring entrepreneurial skills and competencies in farm tourism. Local Economy, 27 (2). pp. 103-118. ISSN 0269-0942

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269094211429654

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Diversification to farm tourism is increasingly seen as a viable development strategy to promote a more diverse and sustainable rural economy and to counter declining farm incomes. However, our understanding of the dynamics of the modern farm tourism business and the entrepreneurial and competitive skills farmers require in making the transition from agriculture to a diversified - and service based - enterprise remains limited. Hence, the aim of this paper is to explore the range of skills and competencies that farmers in the North West of England identify as important when adopting a diversification strategy to farm tourism. The findings indicate that, whilst a range of managerial skills are valued by farmers, they lack many of the additional business and entrepreneurial competencies required for success. At the same time, however, this paper acknowledges the need to generate consensus on the requisite skill-set that farm tourism operators require, along with a need for a currently fragmented rural tourism literature to acknowledge the significance of rural entrepreneurship and the characteristics of successful farmers and farm tourism ventures.

Keywords:Farm Entrepreneur, Business Competence, Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurial Competence
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D441 Farm Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N190 Business studies not elsewhere classified
N Business and Administrative studies > N222 Recreation/Leisure Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N830 UK Tourism
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:14629
Deposited On:07 Aug 2014 09:35

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