Call for Contributions to Sustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation

Namestyle_cmykSustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation

Greenleaf Publishing

Editors: Miguel Angel Gardetti, Center for Studies on Sustainable Luxury
Ana Laura Torres, Center for Study on Sustainable Hospitality, Argentina

Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2014

There is an increasing need for hotels to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of their operations. Whatever their size, location and target market, hotel services are finding themselves held to account for their sustainability practices and policies.

Yet the varying consumers of their services have diverse, and occasionally conflicting, expectations. This presents a decision-making challenge to the hotel industry: how can they successfully meet the demands of their stakeholders for comfort and efficiency while operating sustainably? What level of advantage is achieved by operating sustainably? What does a successful dialogue on sustainability issues, between hotel sector management and consumers achieve?  And how can well-developed and implemented sustainability practices further increase perceived, and actual, value for the customer?

This edited collection welcomes contributions from academics and practitioners that explore opportunities for sustainable value creation within the hospitality industry.

We invite theoretical papers as well as case studies of companies that have integrated sustainability in their models or management systems through, for example:

–           projects of sustainable design in their facilities,
–          the development and application of eco-efficient technologies,
–          the implementation of sustainable management best practices,
–          innovation in products and services for the generation of environmental/social benefits,
–          by addressing consumers/stakeholders’ expectations regarding sustainability performance of hotels.

The scope will encompass all forms of hotel (boutique/chain, local/international, rural/city, and will explore decision-making challenges facing hotel sector management alongside examples of best practice.

The aim of this collection is to provide a comprehensive overview of current trends and themes in the field, broadly based on the following topics:

–          Organizational governance
–          Human rights
–          Labor practices
–          The environment (including climate change)
–          Fair operating practices
–          Consumer Issues
–          Community involvement and development

The above list is not exhaustive and other contributions on relevant topics are also welcomed. Presentations based on different approaches, whether reflexive, empirical, hands-on or applied theory, are of interest.  Theoretical papers should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, and case studies between 2,500 and 4,000 words.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by an international panel of subject experts.

Papers must be submitted, without exception, as per the editorial guidelines, available from the Greenleaf Publishing

Abstract submission

As a first step, please submit abstracts of no more than 1,000 words, together with a CV, as email attachments direct to the Editors at:

Miguel Angel Gardetti:
Ana Laura Torres:

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 28 February 2014.


Abstract submission 28 February 2014
Full chapter submission 30  April 2014
Revised chapter submission 15 July, 2014
Publication May 2015

The book will be published in print and eBook formats. It will also be published – searchable at chapter level – as part of The Sustainable Organization Library (SOL). SOL contains more than 8000 individually searchable chapters, case studies and journal papers drawn from more than 600 book and journal volumes, published by Greenleaf Publishing, and a number of partner organizations.

For more information on SOL, and to view the full content list, see

Further information
For further information, to discuss ideas for contributions and to submit abstracts/proposals, please contact the Editors:

Miguel Angel Gardetti:
Ana Laura Torres:

Centre for Studies on Sustainable Luxury
Av. San Isidro 4166, PB “A”
C1429ADP Buenos Aires
Phone/Fax: +54.11.4702.0242

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