The book focuses on key aspects of the hospitality management curriculum, research, and practice bringing together leading scholars throughout the world. Each essay examines a theme or functional aspect of hospitality management and offers a critical overview of the principle ideas and issues that have contributed, and continue to contribute, within it.
The commissioning of this Handbook imposed a responsibility to produce a volume on the ‘state of the art’ of hospitality management, a not unproblematic task. As we shall discuss in this Introduction, the whole area of ‘hospitality management’ is volatile, complex, controversial and increasingly and frequently contested-contested within the subject area itself, although there are those who would be reluctant to accept this view, and within the wider academy. This means that, as editors, we have had to make some difficult decisions. The most important and obvious of these has been to ensure that through the commissioning of contributions to this volume we have included critical reviews of the key thematic areas that comprise ‘hospitality management’ and represent, though not exhaustively, a map of ...