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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2301; doi:10.3390/su9122301

Interpreting Sustainability through Co-Evolution: Evidence from Religious Accommodations in Rome

Department of Management and Law, Tor Vergata University of Rome, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 2 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
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In recent decades, concepts such as sustainability, innovation, and competitiveness have become fundamental for the development of tourist destinations, and thus, particularly, for the generation of value co-creation processes. To understand the role of tourism firms in these processes, more theoretical and empirical research is required. This paper addresses this need by examining the increasing role played by religious accommodations, adopting a co-evolutionary approach to sustainability and the resulting value co-creation processes. The study focuses on the dynamics of the relationship between this new hospitality model, territories, and tourists, through the analysis of six case studies localized in the historic centre of Rome (Italy). Findings show that religious accommodations can be considered as a new sustainability-oriented hospitality model that, by creating effective multi-level co-evolutionary adaptations with its territory and tourists, positively affects sustainable development as well as the generation of value co-creation processes. The paper contributes significantly both to sustainability literature and to the study of new hospitality models. Thus, theoretical and managerial implications emerge, together with suggestions for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious accommodations; sustainability; co-evolution; value co-creation; multiple case studies religious accommodations; sustainability; co-evolution; value co-creation; multiple case studies
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Paniccia, P.M.A.; Leoni, L.; Baiocco, S. Interpreting Sustainability through Co-Evolution: Evidence from Religious Accommodations in Rome. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2301.

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