A Typology of Strategic Relationships in Religious Tourism Business Networks

  • Authers

     Ali Heidari Assistant Prof., Production and Operation Management, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    • Hamid Reza Yazdani .Assistant Prof., Human Resource Management, University of Tehran, Farabi Campus, Tehran, Iran
    • Mohammad Reza Jalilvand ,Futures Studies, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Iran

    E-mail: aheidary@ut.ac.ir Corresponding Author: Ali Heidary

  • Abstract

    The importance of networking in the area of inter-organizational network theory has become more and more evident to tourism scholars. However, prior literature has paid little attention to the application of networking in a religious setting, particularly the processes which occur inside, i.e. competition, coopetition and cooperation. Drawing on an extended literature review and a resource-based view, this paper presents a typology of strategic relationships in the context of religious tourism networking. This research contributes to the network theory by proposing the applicability of the networking processes in a new setting; namely, religious tourism