Special Issue "Business Model Innovation for Sustainability. Highlights from the Tourism and Hospitality Industry"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
Strategy and management disciplines are increasingly incorporating sustainable development into their long-established assumptions and frameworks, thus stimulating rich, new, and diverse lines of inquiry, as well as rethinking their theoretical foundations and practices. In particular, business model innovation (BMI) is emerging as a potential mechanism to integrate sustainability into business. Indeed, both modified and completely new business models can help develop integrative and competitive solutions by either radically reducing negative and/or creating positive external effects for the natural environment and society.
The conceptual exploration of the link between sustainability and BMI is new in literature, thus calling for additional research exploring their interplay. This Special Issue aims at contributing to the existing literature by investigating how BMI may contribute to sustainability, focusing the attention on the specific field of tourism and hospitality. This sector has experienced continued expansion and diversification over time, hence becoming one of the largest and fastest- growing economic sectors in the world. At the same time, a wide range of publications has shown that the tourism sector is living a controversial condition. Indeed, from one side, there are tourism activities becoming increasingly societally, economically and environmentally unsustainable. From the other, there is an increasing interest of tourists towards innovative and sustainable proposals.
Therefore, it follows that there are many open issues in the literature regarding how tourism and hospitality organizations can innovate their business models fostering sustainability. In line with the above debate, we invite original contributions that increase our comprehension of how businesses operating in the tourism and hospitality industry may innovate their business models to promote sustainable goals. We look for papers, with theoretical insights, empirical data analysis, case studies or other suitable methods to shed new light on a variety of topics, such as:
- integrating creative and cultural contents with sustainable tourism experiences;
- using technology to innovate and increase the sustainability of business models;
- developing indicators to evaluate the sustainability of business models in the tourism and hospitality sector;
- innovating business model through co-creation for sustainability;
- sustainable entrepreneurship;
- experiences of sustainable tourism and hospitality SMEs.
Dr. Angelo Natalicchio
Prof. Dr. Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli
Prof. Dr. Angelo Presenza
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- Sustainability Opportunities
- Unsustainable tourism
- Non-technological innovation
- Technological innovation
- Internal innovation options
- External knowledge