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Title: Antecedents and outcomes of marketing innovation: An empirical analysis in the hotel industry
Authors: Nieves, Julia 
Diaz-Meneses, Gonzalo 
UNESCO Clasification: 5311 Organización y dirección de empresas
Keywords: Hotel industry
Knowledge management
Performance measures
Issue Date: 2016
Journal: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management 
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the influence of knowledge resources on marketing innovation and the way learning capability mediates this relationship. In addition, it evaluates the effect of marketing innovation on the financial performance of hotel firms. Design/methodology/approach: Data from a survey conducted in companies that operate hotel establishments are analyzed using structural equation modelling (SEM). The SEM technique makes it possible to evaluate the multiple and intersected relationships existing among the variables under study. Findings: Collective knowledge has a direct influence on marketing innovation and an indirect effect through the learning capability, but the influence of the knowledge held by individuals on marketing innovation is exercised through the learning capability. In turn, both the learning capability and marketing innovation favor the financial performance of hotel firms. Research limitations/implications: The study shows that intangible resources play an important role in achieving marketing innovation and financial performance. Because the hospitality industry is composed of firms with different characteristics, it would be relevant to confirm the model in other hospitality businesses. Future studies could analyze possible links between marketing innovation and other types of performance. Practical implications: Hotel firms can reach higher performance levels if they invest in developing the employees’ knowledge and, fundamentally, in fomenting a higher level of collective knowledge related to the business environment in general. Likewise, the learning capability plays a relevant role in achieving performance in hotels firms. Originality/value: To date, studies on innovation in the field of hospitality have mainly focused on developing new services, while other types of innovation, such as marketing innovation, have taken a backseat. Likewise, the hospitality literature has paid little attention to knowledge assets. This study deals with both topics, analyzing knowledge resources and the learning capability as possible antecedents of marketing innovation activities. Furthermore, the effect of marketing innovation on the firm’s performance is evaluated.
ISSN: 0959-6119
DOI: 10.1108/IJCHM-11-2014-0589
Source: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management[ISSN 0959-6119],v. 28, p. 1554-1576
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