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Managing Hospitality Organizations

Managing Hospitality Organizations
Achieving Excellence in the Guest Experience

Second Edition
Experience with SAGE edge

March 2019 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Prepares students for a future career in hospitality management by outlining the key skills needed to become a successful manager in the service industry, with a particular emphasis on ensuring managers provide guests with a high-quality customer experience.


The book breaks hospitality management down into core principles, with each chapter focusing on a specific factor, including strategy, staffing and systems. All of which are supported by practical advice, examples, and Wow! Boxes, which provide evidence of best practice in service-sector organizations, including Walt Disney, Southwest Airlines, and The Four Seasons.


The new edition reflects the latest changes in the service industry and newer developments related to sustainability and technology. There is also an outline of the framework needed to motivate employees to provide exceptional service, and how to create a culture that consistently delivers a top quality customer experience.


The book is supported by online resources for instructors and students, including: Test Bank, PowerPoint slides, an Instructor’s Manual, Multimedia, Exercises and Assignments, Sample Syllabi, Flashcards, and Quizzes.

Ideal reading for undergraduate students on Hospitality Management and Hotel Management courses.

1. The Basics of Wow! The Guest Knows Best
Guestology: What is it?  
The Guest Experience  
Guest Expectations  
Quality, Value, and Cost Defined  
The Importance of Guestology  
Lessons Learned  
2. Meeting Guest Expectations through Planning
Three Generic Strategies  
The Hospitality Planning Cycle  
Assessing the Environment  
Assessing the Organization Itself: The Internal Assessment  
Vision and Mission Statements  
Developing the Service Strategy  
Action Plans  
Involving Employees in Planning  
The Uncertain Future  
Lessons Learned  
3. Setting the Scene for the Guest Experience
Creating the “Show”  
Why is the Environment Important?  
A Model: How the Service Environment Affects the Guest  
Lessons Learned  
4. Developing the Hospitality Culture—Everyone Serves!
The Importance of Leaders  
The Importance of Culture  
Beliefs, Values, and Norms  
Culture and the Environment  
Communicating the Culture  
Changing the Culture  
Lessons Learned  
5. Staffing for Service
The Many Employees of the Hospitality Industry  
The First Step: Study the Job  
The Second Step: Recruit a Pool of Qualified Candidates  
The Third Step: Select the Best Candidate  
The Fourth Step: Hire the Best Applicant  
The Fifth Step: Make the Best New Hire Feel Welcome  
The Sixth Step: Turnover—Retaining the Best, and Selecting People out of an Organization  
Lessons Learned  
6. Training and Developing Employees to Serve
Employee Training  
Developing a Training Program  
Types of Training  
Training Methods  
Challenges and Pitfalls of Training  
Employee Development  
Lessons Learned  
7. Serving with a Smile – Motivating Exceptional Service
Motivating Employees  
The Needs People Have  
The Rewards Managers can Provide  
Ways Rewards Can Motivate  
How Managers and Leaders Provide the Right Direction  
Lessons Learned  
8. Involving the Guest: The Co-Creation of Value
The Guest Can Help!  
Strategies for Involving the Guest  
Determining Where Co-Production Makes Sense  
One Last Point: Firing the Guest  
Lessons Learned  
Key Terms and Concepts  
Section III. The Hospitality Service Delivery System
9. Communicating for Service
The Challenge of Managing Information  
Information and the Service Product  
Information and the Service Setting  
Information and the Delivery System  
Decision Support Systems  
The Hospitality Organization as an Information System  
Lessons Learned  
10. Planning the Service Delivery Stems
Planning and Designing the Service Delivery System  
Developing the Service Delivery System  
Planning Techniques  
Targeting Specific Problem Areas in Service Delivery Systems  
11. Waiting for Service
Capacity and Psychology: Keys to Managing Lines  
Queuing Theory: Managing the Reality of the Wait  
Managing the Perception of the Wait  
Service Value and the Wait  
Lessons Learned  
12. Measuring and Managing Service Delivery
Techniques and Methods for Assessing Service Quality  
Measuring Service Quality After the Experience  
Finding and Using the Technique that Fits  
Lessons Learned  
13. Fixing Service Failures
Service Failures: Types, Where, and Why  
The Importance of Fixing Service Failures  
Dealing with Services Failures  
Recovering form Service Failure  
Lessons Learned  
14. Service Excellence: Leading the Way to Wow!
The Three S’s: Strategy, Staffing, and Systems  
Hospitality and the Future  
Leading the Way Into the Future  
Leading and Managing  
It all Begins—and Ends—with the Guest  


Instructor Resource Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. 

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Sample course syllabi provide suggested models for structuring your courses
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course 
  • The Instructor's Manual contains numerous resources for each chapter, including lecture outlines, answers to review questions, suggested activities, suggested discussion topics for Ethics in Business Feature, and case notes. These resources are collated in the Instructor's Manual files, and are also available separately on this website.
  • Multimedia content includes videos that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Additional Readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
Student Study Site

Student Study Site (Open Access)

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts 
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow students to independently assess their mastery of course material
  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material
  • Multimedia resources facilitate student use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions
  • Additional Readings for further study.

“A perfect book for any Hospitality program, excellent instructor support, and a good resource for students.” 

Denise A. Braley
Mitchell College

“The book is a great addition to both classroom instruction and scholarly literature of the hospitality and service field. It covers various management tactics on service responsibilities, problems, and approaches to solutions. It challenges readers to identify issues associated with the problem and think outside the box to solve problems in the workplace. This is one of the most needed and highest-quality books we have in the field.” 

Wei Wang
University of Southern Mississippi

“This detail oriented book not only covers key concepts but utilizes real-life examples to make the content more convincing and validated. It is also a good book for in-class discussions and application practices.”

Chih-Lun Yen
Ball State University

“A wide-ranging comprehensive text, looking at key contemporary issues in hospitality.”

Alistair Williams
Johnson & Wales University

“We all know how important it is to turn customers into "Raving Fans"—but getting everyone in an organization on board takes thoughtful action. Managing Hospitality Organizations offers fourteen principles of service that prove when you serve your people well, they will pass that service on to your customers. Whether you are a student or a manager on the front lines, if you want to create “Raving Fans”, this book is for you!”

Ken Blanchard
coauthor of The New One Minute Manager®, Raving Fans®, and Servant Leadership in Action

“Although Bob credits me as the ‘Father of Guestology’, he and Mike have developed the concept of Guestology into an entire book that perfectly captures what it means to manage an organization from the guest's point of view. This is an excellent text to learn how to use the management philosophy I and my team pioneered to ensure that in every phase of the business, from the planning and design of new parks and attractions to their everyday operations, all Disney cast members are focused on satisfying and exceeding the Guest's wants, needs, and expectations."

Bruce Laval

"The second edition of Robert Ford and Michael C. Sturman's excellent text, Managing Hospitality Organizations, is a must read for students pursuing careers in the business of hospitality and the faculty who facilitate their learning. This new edition retains the right mix of theory and practice that students need, call it the art and science of hospitality, while incorporating key changes to how hospitality businesses interact with and satisfy their customers today, including the evolving role of technology in service strategies, systems and staffing and the changing nature of customers themselves. I congratulate the authors on a job well done!"  

Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D., President
John Carroll University, Dean and E.M. Statler Professor Emeritus, Cornell School of Hotel Administration

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