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Innovation in Swedish hotels

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Wajda Wikhamn
John Armbrecht
Björn Remneland Wikhamn
Publicerad i International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Volym 30
Nummer/häfte 6
Sidor 2481-2498
ISSN 0959-6119
Publiceringsår 2018
Publicerad vid Företagsekonomiska institutionen
Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Marknadsföring
Sidor 2481-2498
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1108/ijchm-06-2017-03...
Ämnesord Innovation, Hotels, Hospitality, Sweden, research-and-development, service innovation, incremental innovation, tourism, performance, industry, firms, strategy, product, organizations, Social Sciences - Other Topics, Business & Economics, phee c, 2015, technol innov ma feb, p3
Ämneskategorier Ekonomi och näringsliv

Sammanfattning

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess innovation in the hotel sector in Sweden and to investigate how structural and organizational factors influence hotel's likelihood of producing service/product, process, organizational and marketing innovations. Design/methodology/approach This paper is based on responses from 174 hotels with membership in the Swedish hotel association. Responses were collected via a web-based survey. Findings This paper provides insights about the nature and extent of innovations in the hotel sector. Although traditionally considered rigid and non-innovative, around half of the responding hotels produced at least one type of innovation. Most common are service/product and marketing innovations. A hotel's likelihood of innovating depends largely on structural independence (non-chain), having an explicit innovation strategy and investing in non-traditional R&D. Research limitations/implications Because of the chosen design (convenience sampling), the results of this paper may lack generalizability. Therefore, future research is encouraged to test the hypotheses further. Practical implications Managers in the hospitality industry can influence the production of innovations in the hotel sector. By promoting flexibility, defining and communicating an innovation strategy, and engaging in non-traditional R&D activities, practitioners can better respond to the changing business environment. Originality/value This paper presents a systematic, and internationally recognized, method for assessing four types of innovation in the hotel sector. Its originality stems also from its approach to investigating how key structural and organizational factors, when considered in the same analysis, predict service/product, process, organizational and marketing innovations.

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