Environmental knowledge strategy: driving success of the hospitality industry

Aurora Martinez-Martinez, Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro, Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Ana Moreno-Ponce

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Abstract

Purpose
The dynamics of tourism as both an activity and an industry, combined with the growing concerns about the environment, call for continuous efforts in seeking new approaches, tools and perspectives for the acquisition of environmental knowledge by organisations in the hospitality sector. The purpose of this research is to examine the relationships between environmental knowledge, organisational learning and business performance in the context of the tourism industry. Emphasis is made on understanding the process of updating the environmental knowledge base of an organisation through appropriate learning processes within the business.

Design/methodology/approach
Using a structural equation model, feedback received from 87 companies from the Spanish hospitality sector in a longitudinal study consisting of two distinct phases in 2008 and 2014 was studied.

Findings
The results of the analysis indicate that environmental knowledge has a positive impact on business performance. Also, the study found that a review of the levels of awareness about environmental problems across the organisation is required at regular intervals (in this research, six years after the initial analysis).

Practical implications
The focus on the hospitality sector makes this research relevant for a significant number of hotels and their supply chains around the world.

Originality/value
The research has addressed the challenges of sustainability and environmental performance from a perspective not previously covered in the extant literature, an approach further improved by the longitudinal nature of this study, performed over a period of six years.
LanguageEnglish
Pages(In-press)
Number of pages19
JournalManagement Research Review
Volume(In-press)
Early online date21 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2019

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Industry
tourism
learning
industry
Hotels
sustainability
Supply chains
methodology
hospitality industry
Hospitality industry
Environmental knowledge
Sustainable development
Feedback
Hospitality
analysis
Business performance
environmental performance
environmental awareness
world
Supply chain

Keywords

  • Business performance
  • Environmental knowledge
  • Organisational learning
  • Hospitality industry
  • Knowledge exploitation
  • Knowledge exploration
  • Information and knowledge management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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Environmental knowledge strategy : driving success of the hospitality industry. / Martinez-Martinez, Aurora; Cegarra-Navarro, Juan-Gabriel; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis; Moreno-Ponce, Ana.

In: Management Research Review, Vol. (In-press), 21.01.2019, p. (In-press).

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Martinez-Martinez, Aurora ; Cegarra-Navarro, Juan-Gabriel ; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis ; Moreno-Ponce, Ana. / Environmental knowledge strategy : driving success of the hospitality industry. In: Management Research Review. 2019 ; Vol. (In-press). pp. (In-press).
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