Cornell Hospitality Research Summit Invites Research Presentations

Mar 18, 2010

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Cornell Hospitality Research Summit Invites Research Presentations

October 2010 conference will feature top-level presentations from industry and academe 

Ithaca, NY, March 18, 2010 – Researchers in both industry and academe are invited to submit proposals for presentations for the inaugural Cornell Hospitality Research Summit (CHRS), scheduled for October 6–8, 2010, at the School of Hotel Administration on the beautiful Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. Created and organized by the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, this "thought leadership" summit will feature keynote addresses from five or six top international industry executives and scholars. The CHRS will bring together faculty, corporate partners, and other industry leaders to develop new ideas, theories, and models that improve strategic, managerial, and operating practices.

"This conference represents another way for the CHR to connect industry practitioners with active researchers, with a goal of creating new knowledge and developing improved operating processes," said Professor Rohit Verma, CHR executive director. "Not only do we want to have top-level presentations, but we want to create new research questions for future study."

Four keynote speakers have confirmed their participation in the conference:

• Christine Duffy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maritz Travel Company,
• Frances X. Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management, Harvard Business School,
• Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, and
• Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group.

In addition to keynotes and breakout sessions, the CHRS will feature presentations based on real-world business topics and high-quality academic work geared to real situations. The CHRS selection committee particularly seeks proposals that explore such critical topics as social media, service innovation, revenue management, sustainable operations, and managerial decision-making tools and methods. Deadline for proposals is April 30, 2010. For more information:

The summit also will recognize and reward outstanding examples of rigorous analysis and research practiced in business organizations with the newly created Hospitality in Research Practice Award. Nominees should demonstrate a practical application with a significant, verifiable, and preferably quantifiable impact on the performance of the client organization. Deadline for nominations: July 15, 2010. For more information:

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit. Contact Jennifer Macera,, for more information.

About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the CHR's 78 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. The center also publishes the award-winning hospitality journal, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit

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