Extending structural capital through pro-environmental behaviour intention capital: an outlook on Spanish hotel industry

Aurora Martinez-Martinez, Juan Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro, Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Francesca Vicentini

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to bring the attention of the intellectual capital (IC) research and practice communities to the value of IC in hotels' efforts to resolve or mitigate environmental problems over time. This research has been set to examine the relationships between key KM and IC concepts including environmental knowledge structures and exploitation and exploration of environmental knowledge (EK) as drivers of environmental organisational learning. The research has also examined the relevance of pro-environmental behavioural intention capital (PEBIC) as a component of structural capital and therefore an integral part of the intellectual capital of hotels. Design/methodology/approach: The data analysis technique used to test the proposed conceptual model is partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). Sample received from 87 companies from the Spanish hospitality sector in a longitudinal study (six years). Findings: The results support that environmental knowledge structures (exploitation and exploration) has a positive impact on PEBIC over time. In other words, environmental organisational learning has the capability to create structural capital in hotel over time. Originality/value: The research has addressed the challenges of exploration and exploitation of EK and PEBIC from a perspective not previously covered in the extant literature, further improved by the longitudinal nature of this study. Our focus on the hospitality sector makes this research relevant for management structures at numerous of hotels, as well as to their supply chains around the world. In addition, this research highlights the value to create structural capital through EK and organisational learning in the context of take care of our natural resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-652
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Issue number3
Early online date10 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2021


  • Environmental knowledge
  • Intellectual capital
  • Knowledge exploitation
  • Knowledge exploration
  • Organizational learning
  • Pro-environmental behaviour intention capital
  • Structural capital


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