Systems Approach to Tourism: A Methodology for Defining Complex Tourism System

  • Tadeja Jere Jakulin
  • Organizacija, January 2017, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/orga-2017-0015

Approaching tourism as a system, and how to build a model of it which works out in real life.

What is it about?

In the paper, the complexity of the tourism system, as well as modelling in a frame of systems dynamics, is discussed. The phenomenon of tourism, which possesses the typical properties of global and local organisations, is presented as a system with all the elements of complexity, which require an optimal methodology to explain the relations among them.

Why is it important?

A system dynamics methodology is shown as the appropriate one. Namely, due to its transparency is an excellent tool for modelling of complex systems and strategic decision-making assessment. We describe the tourism complexity and its problems and build a qualitative causal loop diagram, which will help to discuss the problem categorically. Finally, we build a simulation model in a frame of system dynamics as an illustration of the discussed methodology.


Prof Tadeja Jere Jakulin
University of Primorska, Faculty of Tourism Studies

It is easy to make decisions if one starts to think in systems and learns (or teaches ) how to see the whole (the Big picture). In reality, a consensus can be made, where all involved elements of a system gain., when a system as a whole gain.

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