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Exploring the role of CSR in the organizational identity of hospitality companies: a case from the spanish tourism industry.

Abstract: Recently, organizational identity is being given more attention than ever before in the business world. This notion has grown substantially in importance in the hospitality industry. Facing increased competition, hospitality companies are driven to project a positive image to their stakeholders. Therefore, these organizations have begun to develop new organizational identity programs as part of their strategies to achieve their desired identities. This study analyzes the role of corporate social responsibility in the definition of the Organizational Identity of these organizations, employing a qualitative research methodology based on an illustrative case study. Particularly, the authors analyze the case of Melia´ Hotels International, a leading hotel company in Spain with a presence in 27 countries. The findings indicate that the company has formally integrated CSR into its strategy to align its actual identity with its desired and conceived identity in view of the critics in its local community. Moreover, the interest of the firm toward its stakeholders suggests that the company understands its conceived identity as an important link in understanding its organizational identity. This paper demonstrates that firm’s organizational identity is a set of several elements. When analyzing Melia´ Hotels International’s identity, we see that the firm defines this concept as that which is most central, enduring, and distinctive about the organization. In this sense, the company appears to follow the vision-driven approach by referring to the organizational mission and vision statements, organizational philosophy, and core values as the basis of organizational identity.

 Fuente: Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 124, Issue 1, 1 September 2014, Pages 47-66

Editorial: Springer

 Año de publicación: 2014

Nº de páginas: 20

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1857-1

ISSN: 0167-4544,1573-0697

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-013-1857-1