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Leadership Research in Hospitality & Tourism

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

Guest Editors
Priyanko Guchait, University of Houston, USA
Juan Madera, University of Houston, USA
Taylor Peyton, Boston University, USA

Fevzi Okumus,
University of Central Florida, USA, [email protected]

Leadership is crucial for organizational success in the hospitality and tourism industry. Practitioners and researchers have noted how leadership can impact organizational profitability, innovation, team productivity, and customer loyalty. They have also noted how, for employees, leadership affects performance, attitudes, and behaviors that are critical for success. However, research on leadership in hospitality and tourism is still lacking and several research gaps still need to be filled. The purpose of this special issue is to bring together the state-of-the art research on leadership and to analyze its future directions for researchers and practitioners in the hospitality and tourism industry.

We particularly welcome studies about hospitality and tourism that involve: (a) application/ integration of theories from various disciplines such as leadership, management, psychology, organizational studies, tourism, and hospitality; (b) development of a new leadership construct and/or measurement scale; (c) longitudinal/time-based data collection; (d) data collection from multiple sources (leaders, followers, customers); (e) use of multiple sample/studies in one paper to validate findings; (f) use of multiple research designs (experimental and field studies); (g) multi-level studies (organizational, team/group, and individual); (h) research based on grants; (i) conditional analysis (mediators and especially moderators); and (j) research based on collaboration with other disciplines (inclusion of coauthors from other departments such as engineering, technology, management, psychology, and others for wider dissemination of the research findings). Such research will better capture the complexity of leadership in the hospitality and tourism environment.

We are also seeking submissions from leadership, management, psychology, and organizational studies, but the focal topic of study and data collection, must be applied/conducted in a hospitality, tourism, or service industry context. The core concepts/constructs being studied may be generic

(e.g., authentic leadership, which is not inherently industry or context-specific). However, qualified submissions’ primary purposes, research gaps filled, data collection efforts, and practical implications need to apply to hospitality and tourism. We ask that submissions explicitly cite sources of data collection, and research/theoretical gaps filled that highlight the relevance of the work to organizations and employees in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Submissions related to the following topics are particularly welcome

  • Contemporary/current issues on leadership in the hospitality and tourism industry
  • Leadership and organizational performance
  • Leadership and organizational culture
  • Leadership and talent management
  • Leadership and innovation
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Leadership and emotions
  • Leadership and employee performance, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Measuring leadership effectiveness
  • Leadership and customer attitudes and behaviors
  • Leadership and diversity (gender, ethnicity, national culture etc.)
  • Dark or toxic leadership
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Leadership and errors
  • Leadership and health and safety
  • Leadership training and development
  • Leadership hiring and selection
  • Leadership in hospitality and tourism academia
  • Servant leadership
  • Leadership, CSR and green practices

General Information for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. We are open to receiving research that represents different methods and styles. These include but are not limited to new frameworks using multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary explanations. We also are interested in research that is based on compelling case studies of single or multiple destinations and organizations. For more details and manuscript guidelines, please visit the official website at:

Submission Procedure
Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to contact the special issue editors regarding potential topics of interest or any questions/suggestions regarding the special issue. Abstracts (up to 750 words) can be submitted directly to the guest editors via email: [email protected] by October 31, 2018. Abstracts must be concise and to the point, with appropriate references. Full papers must be submitted by May 31, 2019 through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Please select the correct issue to submit to: “Leadership Research in Hospitality & Tourism”. Registration and access is available at: Author guidelines for IJCHM can be found at:

Review Process
Each paper submitted to this special issue will be subject to the following review procedures:

  1. It will be reviewed by the guest editors for general suitability for this special issue.
  2. If it is judged suitable, three reviewers will be selected for a rigorous double-blind review process.
  3. Based on the recommendation of the reviewers, the guest editors and the Editor-in-Chief will decide whether the particular paper should be accepted as it is, revised and re-submitted, or rejected.

Abstracts Submissions: October 31, 2018 (Email to [email protected])
Abstract Decisions: November 30, 2018
FULL Paper Submissions: May 31, 2019
Revisions and Decisions: July-October 2019
Publication: In 2020