Knowledge agents as drivers of environmental sustainability and business performance in the hospitality sector

Aurora Martinez-Martinez, Juan Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro, Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Anthony Wensley

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Abstract

This study examines the role of knowledge agents as key enablers in the process of creating and updating the environmental knowledge base of a firm and, in doing so, having a positive effect on business performance. From the perspective of a hotel as the most important cog in the machinery of the hospitality sector, knowledge agents are those individuals who can provide information and knowledge that enables the firm to deal with environmental issues effectively. The paper describes an empirical, longitudinal study of 87 organisations in the Spanish hospitality industry. The results highlight the importance of the relationship between knowledge agents and environmental knowledge for business performance. Furthermore, our findings indicate that the role of knowledge agents is also relevant for the future management of the environmental knowledge base of a firm within the hospitality sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-389
Number of pages9
JournalTourism Management
Volume70
Early online date17 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Tourism Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Tourism Management, [70] (2018) DOI:
10.1016/j.tourman.2018.08.030

© 2017, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Keywords

  • Knowledge agents
  • Environmental knowledge
  • Performance over time
  • Hospitality sector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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Knowledge agents as drivers of environmental sustainability and business performance in the hospitality sector. / Martinez-Martinez, Aurora; Cegarra-Navarro, Juan Gabriel; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis; Wensley, Anthony.

In: Tourism Management, Vol. 70, 01.02.2019, p. 381-389.

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Martinez-Martinez, Aurora ; Cegarra-Navarro, Juan Gabriel ; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis ; Wensley, Anthony. / Knowledge agents as drivers of environmental sustainability and business performance in the hospitality sector. In: Tourism Management. 2019 ; Vol. 70. pp. 381-389.
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