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The History of the Commercial Hospitality Industry from Classical Antiquity to the 19th Century

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

Lead Co-Guest Editor:
Kevin D O’Gorman PhD FRGS
Lecturer, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone Number: 0141 548 3941

Professor Charles Harvey PhD FRHistA
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Provost; University of Newcastle

This special issue focuses on the history of the commercial hospitality industry in relation to its philosophical, anthropological, sociological and economic underpinnings. The history of hospitality in general is under researched and most especially the commercial hospitality sector (O’Gorman 2009). However it is hypothesised that the roots of commercial hospitality are far broader and deeper than the existing literature suggests. 

We invite contributions from academics in Business, Arts and Social Sciences to this special issue that help fill this lacuna, and in particular on the following topics:

  • historical perspectives on hospitality in relation to international trade and economic development
  • cultural practices and their impact on the commercial provision of hospitality
  • hospitality and social identity in comparative perspectives
  • the ideological underpinnings of commercial hospitality
  • entrepreneurship and the evolution of commercial hospitality
  • hospitality at the interface of cultural and business practices
  • the regulation of hospitality businesses

Methodological approaches could include:

  • textual analysis
  • mixed approaches including archaeological research
  • documentary and archival
  • anthropological
  • linguistic analysis
  • historical geography
  • case study

The editors are interested in receiving submissions covering broad spectrums of time and place and approaching the subject of hospitality from a distinctive angle. There are no exclusions other than that papers should contain original research and not explicitly deal with contemporary historical themes. Papers might report and discuss the results of major research projects that explore commercial hospitality within the context of a particular civilisations and its evolution.
An exploration of Ancient Chinese or Japanese commercial hospitality practices and the emergent industry along the Silk Routes, for example, might be particularly enlightening in providing a valuable comparison with the more extensively researched hospitality practices of early modern Europe. Likewise, studies of early commercial hospitality practices in the Americas or Africa would be most welcome.
Another fruitful line of enquiry would be to explore entrepreneurship and innovation within a prescribed geographical area over an extended period of time. Cross national comparisons focusing on of hospitality in relation to critical developments such as the decline of feudalism and the emergence of more highly monetized and intensive trading economies offer rich research possibilities. These possibilities are mentioned here for illustrative purposes. In practice, the editors are looking for papers that are intellectually challenging, innovative, and paint on a broad canvas. The papers selected for inclusion in this special issue will deepen our understanding of the underpinnings of the commercial hospitality industry in all its expressions.

About the guest editors
Kevin O’Gorman is Director of Undergraduate programmes in Hospitality and Tourism in the Department of Management in the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow.  His doctorate is in the history and philosophy of hospitality in the Greco-Roman World of Classical Antiquity. He has published extensively on topics relating to the history, practice and philosophy of hospitality management. He is presently completing his first book on the history of commercial hospitality from Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance. 

Charles Harvey is a Professor of Business History and Management at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he serves as Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Professor Harvey edited the journal of Business History for 20 years down to 2008.  He is best known for his books and articles on international business, cultural history and management strategy.

Notes for contributors

Articles submitted to the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed. Submissions should be submitted to IJCHM through:

Timings and the reviewing process
In the first instance interested authors should first contact Dr. Kevin D O’Gorman [email protected] by December 2009 and share their ideas, abstracts or draft papers and get his feedback before submitting their final papers. 
Each paper then should be submitted to IJCHM by August 2010 at  It is then reviewed by one of the guest editors and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to three referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the guest editors will make the final decision whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. The authors should normally expect two or three rounds of revisions before a final decision is made about their papers; final publication will be mid to late 2011.

Manuscript requirements
All author’s details should be printed on a separate sheet and the author should not be identified anywhere else in the article. The editor will provide all feedback on the review status of articles by email.
1. Articles should in the region of 6,000 words in length (excluding references).
2. A title of not more than ten words should be provided.
3. A brief autobiographical note should be supplied including full name, affiliation, e-mail address and full international contact details.
4. Authors must supply an abstract using the Emerald structured abstract format (See below).
5. Up to six keywords should be included which encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the article.
6. The methodology should be clearly described under a separate heading.
7. Headings must be short, clearly defined and not numbered. Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.
8. References to other publications must be in Harvard style.
9. The authors should try to answer the “So What” question in their papers.

Please follow the journal's author guidelines. Submissions to the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management are made using ScholarOne's Manuscript Central:

Writing the abstract
To produce a structured abstract for the journal and Emerald database, please complete the following fields about your paper. There are four fields which are obligatory (Purpose, Design, Findings and Value); the other two (Research limitations/implications and Practical implications) may be omitted if they are not applicable to your paper. 

Abstracts should contain no more than 250 words. Write concisely and clearly. The abstract should reflect only what appears in the original paper.

  • Purpose of this paper What are the reason(s) for writing the paper or the aims of the research?
  • Design/methodology/Approach How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the research. What is the approach to the topic and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper?
  • Findings What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, or results.
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable) If research is reported on in the paper this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.
  • Practical implications (if applicable) What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? Not all papers will have practical implications but most will. What changes to practice should be made as a result of this research/paper?
  • What is original/value of paper What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom.