From the Director

Michael SturmanRoundtables and Advisory Board: Sharing Research Information

An important part of CHR’s mission is to increase knowledge. This process becomes a two-way street when our Advisory Board meets, and when we sponsor roundtables. We have hosted both the board and roundtables in recent weeks.

The CHR Advisory Board, which met in November at the Rockefeller Center office of Deloitte, is a tremendous source of energy and ideas. Eighteen of these industry executives gathered to hear about research in progress, provide invaluable guidance to students currently engaged in research, and discuss the field’s most pressing research needs.

Four students presented research they are currently undertaking at the school. They are

  • Carly Andrews ’17, researching “Integration of Hospitality, Healthcare, and Design into Senior Living”;
  • Alexandra Bruns-Smith ’17, researching “Hospitality Design and Wellness”; 
  • Zach Demuth MMH ’16, studying “One-Price Vacations”; and 
  • Yiwei Li, a second-year doctoral student, presenting “Psychographics of Chinese Outbound Travelers to the United States.”

The board was also introduced to three recently hired SHA faculty members. The new faculty shared their research interests, heard from the board members about the relevant issues they are seeing that relate to those areas, and discussed opportunities for how the CHR and faculty can work together to facilitate this state-of-the-art work. The new faculty members are: 
Stephanie J. Creary, assistant professor of strategy; Fang Liu, associate professor of finance; and accounting instructor Michael Paz.

The meeting concluded with a lively discussion of pressing research needs. The board raised a variety of key issues, including operations, finance, and technology. The board, through their participation and efforts, reiterated their support for student and faculty research to help support the hospitality industry.

The Advisory Board meeting is an important part of CHR’s activities to raise the level of hospitality research. Board members’ advice and comments are of great value as we move forward. Likewise, the insights created at the roundtables have become the foundation of research studies published in the CHR Reports series. We will present more of those in the new year.