Hotel environmental sustainability practices within Institutional theory framework

Corina, Joseph and Esmie, Obrin Nichol and Chan Valerie Sue Lin, Binti Abdullah and Patricia, Melvin Jussem (2016) Hotel environmental sustainability practices within Institutional theory framework. Journal of Borneo Kalimantan, 2 (2). ISSN 2289-2583


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The purpose of this paper is to explain factors influencing the environment sustainability practice (ESP) in a Sarawak based hotel using the isomorphism tenet. An explanatory case study was applied. A semistructured interview with the hotel personnel was conducted and the hotel website was analysed. The coercive isomorphism arises from the invitation by the National Resource Environmental Board (NREB) to participate in the Sarawak Chief Minister Award and compliance with the ASEAN Tourism Standard, an indication of legitimacy, to be socially acceptable. In terms of the mimetic isomorphism, Hotel A imitated the best practices of its peers in the same organizational field. Finally, normative isomorphism evidence was proven by professional networking via attendance in the environmental award presentation. The content analysis reveals that there is a low disclosure of sustainability information on the hotel’s website. This research contributes to the CSR literature in the hotel industry particularly in an emerging economy in terms of promoting the particpation in the Environmental Award competition and disclosure on the website.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, environment, hotel, websites, isomorphism, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 06:52
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 07:15

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