Title

Career Paths of Hotel General Managers in Turkey

Keywords

Hotels, general manager, career paths, competencies, developing countries, Turkey

Abstract

This article investigates the career paths of hotel general managers (HGMs) in a developing country, namely Turkey. Based on an in-depth literature review, a questionnaire was developed and data were collected from 168 HGMs in Turkey. Compared to previous studies, this study found a higher percentage of female HGMs working in hotels. According to the research findings, almost half of the respondents received formal education in hospitality and tourism. The participating respondents most frequently reached the HGM position through working in the front office department and the food and beverage department. Honesty, interpersonal skills, and loyalty were found to be the top three characteristics that helped the participants become HGMs. In terms of required skills, communication, human relations, taking initiatives, and the ability to formulate plans were the top four skills for the participants in their career development. Finally, learning a foreign language, having a college degree, and developing long-term career goals were the top three personal development strategies. This is one of the first studies investigating HGMs career paths in a developing country and it offers specific theoretical and practical implications on this important topic.

Publication Date

2-26-2016

Original Citation

Okumus, F. Karamustafa, K., Sariisik, M., Ulema, S. and Turkay, O. (2016). Career Paths of Hotel General Managers in Turkey. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. (HRM), 21(11), 1214-1226. DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2016.1140660

DOI

10.1080/10941665.2016.1140660

Number of Pages

1214-1226

Document Type

Article

Language

English

Source Title

Asia-Pacific Journal of Tourism Research

Volume

21

Issue

11

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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