Advantages and Disadvantages of the Participation of SMEs in Tourism Clusters

  • Katarína HAVIERNIKOVÁ Department of Economy and Economics, Faculty of Social and Economic Relations Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia
  • Anna LEMAŃSKA-MAJDZIK Department of Economics, Investment and Real Estate, Faculty of Management Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland
  • Ladislav MURA Department of International Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Economics and Business Pan-European University in Bratislava, Slovakia

Abstract

The concept of clusters is based on creating entrepreneurship and competitiveness of interrelated organizations. The essence of the cluster initiative is to stimulate cooperation between individual enterprises and institutions, to accelerate innovation processes and thus to improve competitive position of enterprises operating within clusters. However, the participation in this initiative, based on the principle of cooperation, is also burdened with some negative effects resulting from the nature of cooperation and type of participants. The main aim of this paper is to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the participation in tourism clusters from the point of view of Slovak small and medium entrepreneurs. For evaluation, there were used the results of questionnaire surveys, which was interpreted by the Chi-Square test. The results showed that the most important advantages are from the areas of networking and common cooperation and propagation. The most important disadvantages were recognized mainly by micro and small entrepreneurs from the area of human resources.

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Published
2018-01-24
How to Cite
HAVIERNIKOVÁ, Katarína; LEMAŃSKA-MAJDZIK, Anna; MURA, Ladislav. Advantages and Disadvantages of the Participation of SMEs in Tourism Clusters. Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 6, p. 1205-1215, jan. 2018. ISSN 2068-7729. Available at: <https://journals.aserspublishing.eu/jemt/article/view/1647>. Date accessed: 17 apr. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.14505//jemt.v8.6(22).07.