Learn from the past and prepare for the future: A critical assessment of crisis management research in hospitality

Senbeto Dagnachew Leta, Irene Cheng Chu Chan

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Given the substantial impact of crisis on the hospitality industry, crisis and crisis management have drawn attention from scholars. While each study makes a significant contribution to the existing knowledge of crisis management in hospitality, the fragmented perspective of each study makes it difficult to identify the key findings and unsolved problems. This paper presents a synthesis and critical assessment of state-of-the-art crisis management research in hospitality. It categorizes articles based on a three-stage framework covering pre-crisis planning, mid-crisis management, and post-crisis recovery. Two main perspectives in the literature are identified: one from hospitality service providers and one from stakeholders. Core research topics and concepts in each stage and perspective are reviewed. In addition, this paper proposes four major directions for future research: crisis management from stakeholders’ perspectives, integrative research, causal and behavioral research, and theoretical enhancement. It discusses the theoretical and practical implications of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102915
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Early online date16 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Crisis
  • Crisis management
  • Hospitality
  • Literature review
  • Covid-19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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