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Learning about managing the business in the hospitality industry

Lockwood, AJ, Li, O, Buhalis, D and Gray, DE (2013) Learning about managing the business in the hospitality industry Human Resource Development Quarterly.

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Abstract

This research examines the learning experiences of General Managers (GMs) in the hospitality industry, a sector much neglected in terms of research into management learning and human resource development. Our research focused on four large hospitality organizations (two hotels and two contract catering companies) and adopted an approach that integrates multiple data collection strategies in supporting our qualitative case studies. Data were collected by using document analysis plus detailed, qualitative interviews with 21 general managers, of whom seven were subsequently observed at work and observation notes generated. Data analysis revealed that the participants learned to manage the business primarily through experience, a process consisting of four key stages: Being Challenged, Information Searching, Information Transformation, and Testing. Reflective thinking plays a central role in their learning, taking the form of “actions” involving association, integration and validation, and of “products” involving content, process and context reflections. We argue that the way hospitality managers learn, while sharing the learning approaches taken by other professionals, differs in that these managers’ learning is more highly contextualized.

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AuthorsEmailORCID
Lockwood, AJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Li, OUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Buhalis, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gray, DEUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 31 December 2013
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:49
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 13:49
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/790285

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