Ecological Analysis of a Tourism Business Network
PDF (Español (España))


Institutional ecology. Institutional mapping. Business networks. Network analysis.

How to Cite

Toca Torres, C. E., & Carrillo Rodríguez, J. (2015). Ecological Analysis of a Tourism Business Network. Review of Business Management, 17(56), 1044–1063.


Objective – Institutionalism as an adaptation theory has contributed to
understanding of the changing characteristics in governance structures.
At the same time, community ecology has enhanced the evaluation of
change within organizational communities. This study aims to analyze
the relations and interactions of a business network, using institutional
ecology concepts.

Design/methodology/approach – We applied the methods of
institutionalism, as an adaptation theory, and community ecology, as
evolution theory, in a network comprised of 45 businesses. Data for
the flow of resources and institutional ecology were obtained using two
separate instruments (designed by the researchers). Netdraw was used
to graphically represent the various layers of the network and Ucinet
6 to generate the matrices.

Findings – While theory identifies information, services, decisions,
solutions and money as resources, as far as the workers in the businesses
researched are concerned, the first four flow naturally within the
business network, but money is perceived as a resource that should
always originate in the other nodes of the ecosystem.

Practical implications – Network stakeholders will make decisions
that both strengthen relations among the members of the institutional
arrangement and support the selection of institutional contexts more
favorable to performing their activities.

Contributions – This is the first work that applies economicevolutionary
theories in order to analyze the relations and interactions
within a business network.
PDF (Español (España))

If a paper is approved for publication, its copyright has to be transferred by the author(s) to the Review of Business Management – RBGN.

Accordingly, authors are REQUIRED to send RBGN a duly completed and signed Copyright Transfer Form. Please refer to the following template: [Copyright Transfer]

The conditions set out by the Copyright Transfer Form state that the Review of Business Management – RBGN owns, free of charge and permanently, the copyright of the papers it publishes. Although the authors are required to sign the Copyright Transfer Form, RBGN allows authors to hold and use their own copyright without restrictions.

The texts published by RBGN are the sole responsibility of their authors.

The review has adopted the CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 allowing redistribution and reuse of papers on condition that the authorship is properly credited.