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Assessment of lean-green practices on the sustainable performance of hotel supply chains

Matloub Hussain (College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Raid Al-Aomar (College of Engineering, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Hussein Melhem (Abu Dhabi Health Services Co, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 February 2019

Issue publication date: 4 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to empirically assess the impact of integrated lean and green practices on the sustainable (environmental, economic and social) performance of a hotel supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

Literature review and previous exploratory studies were used to develop a hypothesized model that characterizes the integrated lean and green (LeGreen) impact on supply chain sustainability. A case study of a large sample of the UAE hotels is used to collect and analyze empirical data, validate the measurement model and test study hypotheses using structural equation modeling (SEM).

Findings

The results showed that three major lean techniques (Kaizen, quality and productive maintenance) and three green techniques (health and safety, waste disposal and green certifications) have substantial impact on the sustainable performance of hotel supply chains. Further results revealed that LeGreen impacts are complementary. Lean techniques have the highest impact on the economic performance of the hotel supply chain and the least impact on the environmental performance. Green practices, on the other hand, have opposite impacts.

Research limitations/implications

Although the study findings may vary in different contexts, study methodology and measurement model can be adapted to assess the LeGreen impact on the sustainable performance of hotel supply chains, as well as other service industries such as banking and health care.

Practical implications

The proposed assessment model is expected to be of great value toward the effective implementation of LeGreen practices across hotel supply chains in the UAE and globally. The study findings also provide guidelines for practitioners within the hospitality sector to undertake the proposed model and to adapt it for assessing and enhancing sustainable performance in other sectors of the service industry.

Originality/value

There is a growing emphasis by practitioners and academics on measuring the impact of LeGreen on the sustainable performance of service supply chains. However, the assessment of LeGreen impacts within the context of a hotel supply chain remains unexplored with a scarcity of comprehensive assessment frameworks. This study aims to fulfill this gap in literature and provide directions for researchers to expand the proposed model and to further analyze the integrated lean-green impact on the sustainability of supply chains of hotels and the service industry.

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Citation

Hussain, M., Al-Aomar, R. and Melhem, H. (2019), "Assessment of lean-green practices on the sustainable performance of hotel supply chains", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 2448-2467. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2018-0380

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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