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Extending structural capital through pro-environmental behaviour intention capital: an outlook on Spanish hotel industry

Aurora Martínez-Martínez (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena Facultad de Ciencias de la Empresa, Cartagena, Spain)
Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena Facultad de Ciencias de la Empresa, Cartagena, Spain)
Alexeis Garcia-Perez (Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)
Francesca Vicentini (Università del Foro Italico, Rome, Italy)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 10 November 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to bring the attention of the intellectual capital (IC) research and practice communities to the value of IC in hotels' efforts to resolve or mitigate environmental problems over time. This research has been set to examine the relationships between key KM and IC concepts including environmental knowledge structures and exploitation and exploration of environmental knowledge (EK) as drivers of environmental organisational learning. The research has also examined the relevance of pro-environmental behavioural intention capital (PEBIC) as a component of structural capital and therefore an integral part of the intellectual capital of hotels.

Design/methodology/approach

The data analysis technique used to test the proposed conceptual model is partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). Sample received from 87 companies from the Spanish hospitality sector in a longitudinal study (six years).

Findings

The results support that environmental knowledge structures (exploitation and exploration) has a positive impact on PEBIC over time. In other words, environmental organisational learning has the capability to create structural capital in hotel over time.

Originality/value

The research has addressed the challenges of exploration and exploitation of EK and PEBIC from a perspective not previously covered in the extant literature, further improved by the longitudinal nature of this study. Our focus on the hospitality sector makes this research relevant for management structures at numerous of hotels, as well as to their supply chains around the world. In addition, this research highlights the value to create structural capital through EK and organisational learning in the context of take care of our natural resources.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad of the Spanish Government for financing the research project ECO2017-88987-R (MINECO/FEDER;UE), cofinanced from the European Union FEDER funds.

Citation

Martínez-Martínez, A., Cegarra-Navarro, J.-G., Garcia-Perez, A. and Vicentini, F. (2021), "Extending structural capital through pro-environmental behaviour intention capital: an outlook on Spanish hotel industry", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 633-652. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-03-2020-0075

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