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Network science and socio-economic systems: A review focused on a tourism destination

Number: 7
Year: 2008
Author(s): Rodolfo Baggio, Noel Scott, Chris Cooper
Keywords: complex systems,network science,tourism destination,destination management
The study of network representations of physical, biological, and social phenomena has developed rapidly in recent years. This paper presents a review of important results and methods of the science of networks with an application to the field of socio-economic systems. The basic definitions and computational techniques are described and the effects of a networks topology on its dynamic properties are examined and illustrated using a tourism destination as a case study (Elba, Italy). A static structural characterization of the network formed by destination stakeholders is followed by a dynamic analysis of the information diffusion process. The outcomes and the implications of this analysis for improving destination management are discussed.

Rodolfo Baggio

Universita Bocconi, Master in Economics and Tourism


Noel Scott

The University of Queensland, School of Tourism


Chris Cooper

University of Bottingham, Christel DeHaan Tourism and Travel Research Institute


Keywords: complex systems, network science, tourism destination, destination management


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