Pushing the Frontier of Sustainable Service Operations: Evidence from the U.S. Hospitality Industry
Journal of Service Management, 23(3): 377–399
45 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2010 Last revised: 12 Jan 2013
Date Written: October 16, 2010
This research examines how the environmental sustainability decisions of service supply chain constituents – owners, operators and customers – impact the operating performance frontier (Schmenner and Swink 1998). We develop outcome-based environmental sustainability measures and propose a frontier framework for assessing sustainable service operations management (SSOM) using these measures. The framework is tested using a panel dataset featuring 984 U.S. hotel properties from 2001 to 2006. The findings map an improvement path via leveraging the entire service chain: engaging customers in sustainable development and improving operations to drive down resource consumption; expanding access to environmentally conscious customers; and investing in sustainable service differentiation.
Keywords: Environmental Sustainability, Service Supply Chain, Operating Performance Frontier, Built Environment
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