Title page for ETD etd-07242009-145711

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Park, Jeongdoo
URN etd-07242009-145711
Title The relationship between top managers' environmental attitudes and environmental management in hotel companies
Degree Master of Science
Department Hospitality and Tourism Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McCleary, Ken W. Committee Chair
Magnini, Vincent P. Committee Member
Tegarden, Linda F. Committee Member
  • hotels
  • top managers
  • environmental management
  • environmental attitudes
Date of Defense 2009-07-20
Availability unrestricted
Environmental management and sustainability have been recent important issues in the hospitality industry. The hotel industry, as a main sector of the hospitality industry, has benefited from environmental initiatives through improving corporate image and increasing resource and energy efficiency. Among various environmental issues that have been addressed in the hotel industry, managerial influence on environmental management is rarely investigated.

The purpose of this study was to examine the current state of environmental management in the hotel industry. Further, this study also determined a relationship between top managers’ personal environmental attitudes and organizational involvement in environmental management practices. To achieve the purpose of this study, this study examined currently adopted green practices, top managers’ environmental attitudes, and their perception of advantages derived from environmental management.

Hotels that participated in this study showed greater involvement in energy management, water conservation, and waste management practices than hotels examined by previous research in different geographical areas. The results of this study showed a correlation between top managers’ environmental attitudes and organizational involvement in environmental management. It was also found that top managers’ environmental attitudes were positively related to their perceived advantages of environmental management. These findings present various managerial and theoretical implications for related organizations and hotel management companies.

The hotel industry should keep promoting green hotel practices to reduce negative impacts on the valuable environment and increase operational efficiency. In order to promote environmental management in the hotel industry, related organizations, governments, and stakeholders need to focus on raising top managers’ environmental awareness as well as providing information on successful cases of environmental management.

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