PurposeThis paper aims to comprehensively and systematically review the state of customer relationship management (CRM) research on hospitality and propose future research agenda.Design/methodology/approachAll hospitality-related CRM articles since its introduction as a concept in 1988 were collected. The retrieved articles were then chronologically and thematically analyzed.FindingsHospitality CRM research has rapidly grown from the initial relationship marketing concept into social CRM. Five research foci were identified, including CRM planning and implementation process, organizational support, technology and tools, customer perspectives and characteristics and outcome and impact. Three potential pitfalls were observed in the existing literature. A comprehensive research framework incorporating the five research domains and three key players was proposed.Practical implicationsHospitality practitioners should take an integrated perspective on the five major domains of CRM and the three key players to ensure that informed decisions can be made.Originality/valueThis study contributes to the literature through its qualitative and critical assessment of existing hospitality CRM literature, which can guide future research.
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 19, 2018
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