Purpose – This paper aims to review the question as to how academia and industry might work together to create research ideas that will result in methodologically sound research that also has pragmatic benefits for industry. Design/methodology/approach – The introduction of this article reviews industry panel reflections from the 2010 Hospitality Industry Diversity Institute (Hidi) conference. The main body of the article contains the author's perspective on what industry can gain from understanding and using the results of diversity research. Findings – The paper presents the findings of the 2010 Hidi conference and how research can be a valuable management tool. Practical implications – For researchers, the article gives industry research priorities for diversity research. For practitioners, it explains how research can be used to help manage organizations. Originality/value – The paper provides research priorities and gives an overview on the use of research by an industry leader. This approach is unique and will have value to the readers.
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 30, 2011
Keywords: Diversity research; Hospitality management; Diversity measurement; Best practices; Industry lead research; Research methods