Career paths of hotel general managers in Turkey


Okumus F. , KARAMUSTAFA K. , Sariisik M., Ulama S., Turkay O.

ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH, cilt.21, ss.1214-1226, 2016 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 21 Konu: 11
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/10941665.2016.1140660
  • Dergi Adı: ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.1214-1226

Özet

This article investigates the career paths of hotel general managers (HGMs) in a developing country, namely Turkey. Based on an in-depth literature review, a questionnaire was developed and data were collected from 168 HGMs in Turkey. Compared to previous studies, this study found a higher percentage of female HGMs working in hotels. According to the research findings, almost half of the respondents received formal education in hospitality and tourism. The participating respondents most frequently reached the HGM position through working in the front office department and the food and beverage department. Honesty, interpersonal skills, and loyalty were found to be the top three characteristics that helped the participants become HGMs. In terms of required skills, communication, human relations, taking initiatives, and the ability to formulate plans were the top four skills for the participants in their career development. Finally, learning a foreign language, having a college degree, and developing long-term career goals were the top three personal development strategies. This is one of the first studies investigating HGMs career paths in a developing country and it offers specific theoretical and practical implications on this important topic.

This article investigates the career paths of hotel general managers (HGMs) in a

developing country, namely Turkey. Based on an in-depth literature review, a

questionnaire was developed and data were collected from 168 HGMs in Turkey.

Compared to previous studies, this study found a higher percentage of female

HGMs working in hotels. According to the research findings, almost half of the

respondents received formal education in hospitality and tourism. The participating

respondents most frequently reached the HGM position through working in the

front office department and the food and beverage department. Honesty,

interpersonal skills, and loyalty were found to be the top three characteristics that

helped the participants become HGMs. In terms of required skills, communication,

human relations, taking initiatives, and the ability to formulate plans were the top

four skills for the participants in their career development. Finally, learning a foreign

language, having a college degree, and developing long-term career goals were the

top three personal development strategies. This is one of the first studies

investigating HGMs career paths in a developing country and it offers specific

theoretical and practical implications on this important topic.