Oriental and Occidental Approaches to Complex Tourism Systems

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This paper examines the methodological approach to the study of complex tourism systems and how they evolved. In particular, the need for a systemic holistic view is called for, and is considered more suitable than traditional reductionist approaches in providing meaningful insights. In examining complexity theories, a parallel with oriental philosophies and world views is made. It is argued that in a new globalized epoch, cross-fertilization of Eastern and Western thinking styles can promote further development of systems disciplines and be highly beneficial for the understanding of the structural and dynamic characteristics of tourism systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-227
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Planning and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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