Tourism research and career: opening the black box

David C.W. Chin, Rob Law, Vincent Tung

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The academia competitive landscape has made research increasingly important. Extant literature has studied specific dimensions of research performance and conducting good research. This exploratory study examines the habits and routine behaviour in conducting good research, guided by a constructivist grounded theory approach. Thirty-six semi-structured interviews were conducted with academics of different seniorities from six tourism schools, followed by content analyses and drawing relevant theories from calling, grit and self-determination, leading to a theory-based emerging framework. Five habits and twenty-seven routine behaviours were identified with implications on academic career management, institutional planning, and recruitment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-156
Number of pages12
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Academic career
  • academic performance
  • career management
  • constructivist grounded theory
  • good research
  • research career
  • research performance
  • tourism research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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