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Title: Evaluating service innovation and business performance in tourism: a multicriteria decision analysis approach
Authors: Kitsios, Fotis
Grigoroudis, Evangelos
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Economics and Business::Business and Management
FRASCATI::Engineering and technology
Keywords: New service development
Efficiency evaluation
Multicriteria decision analysis
Business performance
Service innovation strategies
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Management Decision
Volume: 58
Issue: 11
First Page: 2429
Last Page: 2453
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the new service development (NSD) process in tourism. For this reason, factors influencing the process of service innovation in the hospitality sector were explored and correlated with business performance in the hospitality industry through a multicriteria decision analysis approach. Design/methodology/approach An original multicriteria decision analysis approach is applied in order to estimate the efficiency of the NSD process. The approach follows the principles of ordinal regression analysis, using goal programming techniques. Collected data are based on in-depth structured and questionnaire-based interviews of 77 hotel managers in 147 new services in a representative sample of 99 hotels in Greece. Several financial ratios, covering different aspects of business performance, are used in order to evaluate the NSD process for three years after the services innovation had been launched. Findings These findings reveal the importance of financial liquidity and business efficiency for the hotel industry (i.e. the ability of a firm to use available resources in order to achieve specific sales goals). The aforementioned variables can determine how quickly and effectively assets are converted to cash. In general, the findings show the emphasis that should be given to customer needs, as well as to the effective management of a NSD project. Originality/value Findings of this study may support hotel managers to make complex strategic decisions for future development. These findings have suggested that service innovation should be included as a strategic tool to assess differentiation effort in the hotel industry.
ISSN: 0025-1747
Other Identifiers: 10.1108/MD-09-2019-1326
Appears in Collections:Department of Applied Informatics

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