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Fostering sustainable performance in services through systems thinking

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posted on 23.11.2018, 09:58 by Ayham A.M. Jaaron, Chris Backhouse
This paper aims to investigate the impact of designing service operations using the systems thinking approach on the sustainable performance of service organisations. Data was collected from a survey conducted with 183 service organisations that have implemented the systems thinking approach. Using Structural Equation Modelling, the results confirmed that using the systems thinking approach has a significant impact upon the environmental and social performances but has no direct effect on the economic performance of such organisations. The analysis also indicated a statistically positive relationship between environmental and economic performances and between social and economic performances, but not between environmental and social performances, thus suggesting that the dimensions of sustainable performance should not be viewed as being equally weighted. This study shows that the systems thinking approach ensures that the service system design is directly linked with enhanced environmental and social benefits while indirectly contributing to economic benefits.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

The Service Industries Journal

Volume

39

Issue

15-16

Pages

1072 - 1098

Citation

JAARON, A.A.M. and BACKHOUSE, C.J., 2018. Fostering sustainable performance in services through systems thinking. The Service Industries Journal, 39 (15-16), pp.1072-1098.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Service Industries Journal on 3 December 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02642069.2018.1551371.

Acceptance date

05/11/2018

Publication date

2018-12-03

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

0264-2069

eISSN

1743-9507

Language

en

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