A Moderating Role of Green Practices on the Relationship between Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction: Chinese Hotel Context

Seoki Lee, Kyung A. Sun, Luorong (Laurie) Wu, Qu Xiao

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The purpose of the current study is to investigate the existence of a moderating effect of a green initiative on the relationship between service quality and customers’ satisfaction in the Chinese hotel context. The study adopts a 2 × 2 between-subjects experimental design using scenarios. Four scenarios provide a mixed combination of high or low cases for a hotel’s green participation, and good or poor cases for service quality. The study uses the survey method to collect data from Chinese guests. It finds the main effect of service quality on customers’ satisfaction and a significant moderating role for green initiatives on the relationship between service quality and customers’ satisfaction, but interestingly found an opposite direction of the moderating role to the one hypothesized. The study’s results also reveal an insignificant main effect of a green initiative on customers’ satisfaction. The study provides theoretical and practical implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-60
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of China Tourism Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • customer satisfaction
  • Green initiative
  • moderating effect
  • service quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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