A systematic literature review of research on diversity and diversity management in the hospitality literature

Ashokkumar Manoharan, Manisha Singal

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    Abstract

    With demographic shifts, international labor mobility, and the blurring of geographical boundaries, workforce diversity and diversity management have assumed an important role in hospitality operations. More importantly previous research has established the role diversity plays on outcomes such as innovation and firm performance. Yet reports of research on diversity and its management in the hospitality industry are fragmented, underdeveloped, and inconsistent. To assess the current state of this research, we provide a systematic review of the available research on the different dimensions of diversity, and on topics related to diversity management. Using articles found in hospitality journals, we identify current themes explored by scholars as well as gaps and limitations. We provide suggestions for topics, themes and methodologies for future research and highlight the importance of research that can inform managerial practice. Our review indicates that there is greater need for theory development, empirical data-driven research, and expansion of contexts in hospitality-diversity research, especially in terms of geographical regions covered by extant studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-91
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
    Volume66
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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