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

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Tourism Management
  • Volumen: 70
  • Fecha: 01 February 2019
  • Páginas: 381-389
  • ISSN: 02615177
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.08.030
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd 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.

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