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New Generation Research

Qu Xiao is Director of Research for ICHRIE.

Welcome to the first Research-themed Communique of this year! Among the highlights of this issue are the young generation of hospitality researchers – the Best Paper Awardees of the 23rd Graduate Conference. In the last April issue, we received overwhelmingly positive comments on the graduate students’ award winning studies. Therefore, once again we invited the graduate students who won the Best Papers this year to share their research. In this issue, you will find fresh thoughts and insightful findings from the following studies led by Ph.D. students:

  • Both positive and negative effects of service improvisation were revealed in the study of Hyunghwa Oh and Dr. Jichul Jang of Kansas State University;  
  • How the restaurant firm CEOs’ risk-taking behavior is influenced by their stock option pay was investigated by Sujin Song, Sungbeen Park, Dr. Kyung-A Sun and Dr. Seoki Lee of Penn State University;
  • A number of key factors affecting the food safety training outcomes were studied by Heyao (Chandler) Yu, Dr. Sujata Sirsat, Dr. Jay Neal and Dr. Juan Madera of University of Houston;
  • The application of machine learning in hospitality research was presented by Eunhye Park, Dr. Bongsug (Kevin) Chae, and Dr. Junehee Kwon of Kansas State University.
  • Not only Ph.D. candidates are quickly developing themselves into inspiring young researchers; research conducted by master’s degree students can also be inspiring. For example, interesting results caused by cultural difference on tourists’ misbehavior were found in the article derived from the master thesis of Lin Feng under the supervision of Dr. Bongkosh Rittichainuwat of Siam University, Thailand.

Part of hospitality and tourism researchers’ mission is to make constant contribution to industry, to student learning experience, and to theory development. In every Research-themed Communique, we invite article(s) discussing on the research we do – recent hot topics, popular perspectives, appropriate methods, etc.  In this issue, Dr. Faizan Ali shared his thoughts on a multivariate statistical technique in his article “Partial Least Squares Based Structural Equation Modeling (Pls-Sem) In Hospitality Research: A Viewpoint.” Moreover, the examination on our role in hospitality theory development will continue: what is lacking in current hospitality research? Which perspectives can be helpful for more conceptual research? I am sure you will find the article “Developing Hospitality Theory” written by Dr. Chris Roberts, Executive Editor of JHTR, being very thoughtful and evoking.

As always, if you would like to share any research related ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and updates (such as those from the upcoming CHRIE conferences), I look forward to hearing from you: qu.xiao@polyu.edu.hk.

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