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Determinants of innovation in the handicraft industry of Fiji and Tonga: an empirical analysis from a tourism perspective

Suwastika Naidu (School of Management and Public Administration, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands)
Anand Chand (School of Management and Public Administration, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands)
Paul Southgate (Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the determinants of innovation in handicraft industry of Fiji and Tonga.

Design/methodology/approach

Data for this study was collected via face-to-face interviews with handicraft sellers in Fiji and Tonga. In total, 368 interviews were conducted in Fiji and Tonga out of which, 48 was from Tonga and 320 was from Fiji.

Findings

The results of this study show that eight factors; namely, value adding, design uniqueness, new product development, cultural uniqueness, advanced technology, experience of owner, ability of owner to adapt to trends in market and quality of raw materials have significant impact on level of innovation in handicraft industry of Fiji and Tonga.

Originality/value

To date, none of the existing studies have examined determinants of innovation in handicraft industry of the Pacific Island countries. This is a pioneering study that examines determinants of innovation in handicraft industry of Fiji and Tonga.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative for funding this study.

Citation

Naidu, S., Chand, A. and Southgate, P. (2014), "Determinants of innovation in the handicraft industry of Fiji and Tonga: an empirical analysis from a tourism perspective", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 318-330. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-11-2013-0033

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