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Publication date: 7 June 2013

Rhodri Thomas

The purpose of this paper is to gain an insight into the perspectives of a senior policy‐maker on university‐industry partnerships and, especially, on the utilisation of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to gain an insight into the perspectives of a senior policy‐maker on university‐industry partnerships and, especially, on the utilisation of academic research in policy formation and evaluation.

Design/methodology/approach

An informal interview with Dr Leo Jago was undertaken via email. Dr Jago has recently been appointed as the Chief Economist for Tourism and General Manager of Tourism Research Australia (TRA). TRA is the branch of the Australian Government's Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) that provides statistics, research and analysis to support industry development, policy development and marketing for the Australian tourism industry. Dr Jago was previously a Professor of Tourism and Director of university research centres in Australia and the UK. For six years he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Research for the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism (STCRC). He has published widely and is Co‐Editor of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. Dr Jago also has 18 years' experience of owning and operating small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector.

Findings

The interview provides valuable lessons for researchers who wish to engage effectively with policy‐makers and other practitioners.

Originality/value

The transcript offers a rare opportunity to garner a more detailed understanding of the values, experiences and practices of this elite interviewee than is usually possible in academic publications.

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Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4217

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Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2514-9792

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Publication date: 7 June 2013

Rhodri Thomas

This article aims to consider how academics might increase the impact of their research on practitioners.

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Purpose

This article aims to consider how academics might increase the impact of their research on practitioners.

Design/methodology/approach

The author draws on UK research council guidance and his experience of researching and working with practitioners to inform the discussion.

Findings

Maximising the impact of research on practitioners should not be a requirement. Issues that are critical to enhancing impact are highlighted for those who choose to see this as an important goal.

Originality/value

Research impact is becoming an increasingly prominent goal of research policy in the UK and elsewhere in the world but has not yet generated much discussion in the hospitality and tourism literatures.

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Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4217

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Publication date: 1 September 2000

Rhodri Thomas and Vicky Harris

In recent years, much energy and finance has been expended by successive governments in monitoring teaching and – separately – research quality. Although official…

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In recent years, much energy and finance has been expended by successive governments in monitoring teaching and – separately – research quality. Although official conceptions of quality have been challenged, there has been little serious questioning in the UK of the supposed connections between teaching quality and staff research. This is surprising, since the weight of international evidence suggests a limited – and perhaps even negative – relationship between these activities in terms of the student experience. Drawing on the findings of a detailed case study, this paper argues that encouraging and enabling research among academic staff not only enhances their job satisfaction, it can also improve the educational experience of their students. The potential benefits to students, however, will be maximised only if the potentially negative impacts of staff research are managed carefully.

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Quality Assurance in Education, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-4883

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Publication date: 1 February 1992

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/09596119210010394. When citing…

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This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/09596119210010394. When citing the article, please cite: Rhodri Thomas, (1992), “1992 and the Hospitality Industry: A Review of Information Provision”, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 4 Iss 2.

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European Business Review, vol. 92 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-534X

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Publication date: 7 June 2013

Vinnie Jauhari and Rhodri Thomas

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Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4217

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Publication date: 7 June 2013

Vinnie Jauhari and Rhodri Thomas

This paper aims to introduce the theme issue and the reasons for focusing on the strategic question: “How can effective university‐industry partnerships be developed?”

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Purpose

This paper aims to introduce the theme issue and the reasons for focusing on the strategic question: “How can effective university‐industry partnerships be developed?”

Design/methodology/approach

The paper provides a broader perspective on university‐industry relationships and explores a variety of associated research themes.

Findings

The paper profiles the approach adopted by theme issue authors and their respective contributions to addressing the strategic question.

Practical implications

The theme issue draws extensively on practitioners' perspectives from a number of different universities and countries.

Originality/value

This issue gives insights into several meaningful university‐industry collaborations.

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Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4217

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Publication date: 1 February 1992

Rhodri Thomas

Focuses on the information needs of hospitality managers in thecontext of increasing European integration. Notes that any gainsassociated with the completion of the Single…

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Focuses on the information needs of hospitality managers in the context of increasing European integration. Notes that any gains associated with the completion of the Single European Market will not materialize unless there are adequate sources of information available to firms; a point recognized by the European Commission and each of the European Community′s member states. Briefly discusses recent surveys which have identified British managers′ awareness of European developments. Reviews a range of sources of information – official, non‐official, commercial and non‐commercial – available to hospitality managers. Concludes by pointing to a shortfall in industry‐specific literature which might hinder the ability of hospitality businesses to respond effectively to the new challenging environment.

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International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-6119

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Publication date: 7 June 2013

Vinnie Jauhari

The purpose of this paper is to review the answers to the question posed in the introduction to the themed issue: how can effective university‐industry partnerships be developed?

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the answers to the question posed in the introduction to the themed issue: how can effective university‐industry partnerships be developed?

Design/methodology/approach

The paper consolidates the findings of various studies featuring in this theme issue on effective university‐industry partnerships. It addresses the aspects which contribute to effective partnerships and also challenges the issues around such partnerships.

Findings

The paper discusses the range of best practices for building effective university‐industry partnerships.

Practical implications

There are lessons for industry, universities and policy makers.

Originality/value

The paper provides multiple perspectives on university‐industry partnerships from various geographies.

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Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4217

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Rhodri Thomas and Huw Thomas

This paper aims to examine the extent to which micro businesses in tourism might influence the process of tourism policy formation and change in urban settings.

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Purpose

This paper aims to examine the extent to which micro businesses in tourism might influence the process of tourism policy formation and change in urban settings.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual framework that considers the motivations to participate in the policy‐making process and the resources needed to influence policy change informs a case study of micro businesses in Saltaire, UK.

Findings

The paper argues that, although the propensity of local micro firms to influence the local political agenda will be affected by structural considerations that manifest themselves differently from place to place, it is possible to identify key conditions that will need to be present if such enterprises are to challenge the power of other local interests.

Originality/value

The paper begins to redress the imbalance in the literature that has neglected micro business participation in policy formation and change.

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Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1462-6004

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