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Occupational communities and cruise tourism: testing a theory

Occupational communities and cruise tourism: testing a theory Purpose – This study aims to advance and test an argument for the existence of a particular type of organizational culture on board cruise tourism vessels known as an occupational community. Design/methodology/approach – The paper used a questionnaire instrument developed from earlier related studies. Findings – A strong occupational culture was identified for hospitality workers ( n= 72) amongst a sample of cruise ships. These communities were found to be more acute on longer duration voyages than day trips with individuals being attracted to opportunities for socialization provided by the work situation rather than the occupation itself. Practical implications – Cruise directors/hospitality managers will need to understand how occupational communities and espoused organizational cultures impact on each other to maintain positive on‐board employee attitudes, effectiveness and efficiency. Originality/value – The novel occupational view of on‐board hospitality work could provide a much‐needed new understanding of employee attitudes and behaviors in the twenty‐first century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Development Emerald Publishing

Occupational communities and cruise tourism: testing a theory

Journal of Management Development , Volume 27 (5): 13 – May 23, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0262-1711
DOI
10.1108/02621710810871790
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Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to advance and test an argument for the existence of a particular type of organizational culture on board cruise tourism vessels known as an occupational community. Design/methodology/approach – The paper used a questionnaire instrument developed from earlier related studies. Findings – A strong occupational culture was identified for hospitality workers ( n= 72) amongst a sample of cruise ships. These communities were found to be more acute on longer duration voyages than day trips with individuals being attracted to opportunities for socialization provided by the work situation rather than the occupation itself. Practical implications – Cruise directors/hospitality managers will need to understand how occupational communities and espoused organizational cultures impact on each other to maintain positive on‐board employee attitudes, effectiveness and efficiency. Originality/value – The novel occupational view of on‐board hospitality work could provide a much‐needed new understanding of employee attitudes and behaviors in the twenty‐first century.

Journal

Journal of Management DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: May 23, 2008

Keywords: Ships; Tourism; Social groups; Hospitality services; Work identity; Employees

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