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Hybridity in a hotel chain : designing a package of controls to sustain a hybrid mission

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Purpose: While prior control studies typically focus on organizations with an instrumental approach to corporate sustainability, this study concentrates on organizations with an integrative approach, as the latter is needed to address the grand challenge of sustainable development. As such organizations do not single out the financial objective as the dominant one, they pursue a hybrid mission. This study investigates how a control package can be designed that ensures the persistence of such a hybrid mission. Design/methodology/approach: A case study is undertaken at a luxury hotel chain in which a financial and an environmental objective are continuously balanced. Self-determination theory is used to substantiate insights into how psychological need-supportive controls can be designed at all organizational levels. Findings: This study highlights how controls are not only needed to direct staff behaviour towards the environmental objective but also to ensure that staff at all organizational levels prioritize the objectives in such way that the hybrid mission can be sustained. Besides structural differentiation and centralization of decision-making, the case organization designed need-supportive controls to foster staff's internalization of the environmental objective and value as well as of the integrative approach. Social implications: As the need-supportive socialization process fostered staff's integration of the environmental value, this study highlights the transformational potential of controls. Originality/value: This study provides a unique account of a control package directing staff behaviour towards the balancing of multiple objectives.
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Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous), Accounting, Control package, Hotel chain, Hybrid organization, Internalization, Structural differentiation, MANAGEMENT CONTROL-SYSTEMS, SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY, INSTITUTIONAL LOGICS, PERFORMANCE-MEASUREMENT, ORGANIZATIONS, WORKFIELD, PERSPECTIVE, VALIDATION, MOTIVATION

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MLA
Bouten, Lies, and Sophie Hoozée. “Hybridity in a Hotel Chain : Designing a Package of Controls to Sustain a Hybrid Mission.” ACCOUNTING AUDITING & ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNAL, vol. 35, no. 8, 2022, pp. 1862–91, doi:10.1108/aaaj-06-2020-4622.
APA
Bouten, L., & Hoozée, S. (2022). Hybridity in a hotel chain : designing a package of controls to sustain a hybrid mission. ACCOUNTING AUDITING & ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNAL, 35(8), 1862–1891. https://doi.org/10.1108/aaaj-06-2020-4622
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Bouten, Lies, and Sophie Hoozée. 2022. “Hybridity in a Hotel Chain : Designing a Package of Controls to Sustain a Hybrid Mission.” ACCOUNTING AUDITING & ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNAL 35 (8): 1862–91. https://doi.org/10.1108/aaaj-06-2020-4622.
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Bouten, Lies, and Sophie Hoozée. 2022. “Hybridity in a Hotel Chain : Designing a Package of Controls to Sustain a Hybrid Mission.” ACCOUNTING AUDITING & ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNAL 35 (8): 1862–1891. doi:10.1108/aaaj-06-2020-4622.
Vancouver
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Bouten L, Hoozée S. Hybridity in a hotel chain : designing a package of controls to sustain a hybrid mission. ACCOUNTING AUDITING & ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNAL. 2022;35(8):1862–91.
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L. Bouten and S. Hoozée, “Hybridity in a hotel chain : designing a package of controls to sustain a hybrid mission,” ACCOUNTING AUDITING & ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNAL, vol. 35, no. 8, pp. 1862–1891, 2022.
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Design/methodology/approach: A case study is undertaken at a luxury hotel chain in which a financial and an environmental objective are continuously balanced. Self-determination theory is used to substantiate insights into how psychological need-supportive controls can be designed at all organizational levels.

Findings: This study highlights how controls are not only needed to direct staff behaviour towards the environmental objective but also to ensure that staff at all organizational levels prioritize the objectives in such way that the hybrid mission can be sustained. Besides structural differentiation and centralization of decision-making, the case organization designed need-supportive controls to foster staff's internalization of the environmental objective and value as well as of the integrative approach.

Social implications: As the need-supportive socialization process fostered staff's integration of the environmental value, this study highlights the transformational potential of controls.

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