Strategy implementation research in hospitality and tourism: Current status and future potential

Omer Faruk Aladag, Mehmet Ali Köseoglu, Brian King, Fuad Mehraliyev

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To achieve their business objectives, hospitality and tourism organizations need effective implementation as well as consistent strategy formulation. However, the implementation aspect of strategy has attracted relatively less scholarly interest than strategic planning despite its critical role in achieving performance outcomes. Consequently, it is timely to provide an in-depth analysis of the strategy implementation literature. This is particularly the case in hospitality and tourism management where comprehensive literature reviews of strategy implementation have been lacking. To address the knowledge gap, the authors conduct a systematic literature review of 139 articles that appeared in 42 journals over the period 1988–2019. The items were grouped into six topic clusters with a view to generating novel research questions that have the potential to advance the field. We identify four main gaps that should be addressed and suggest prospective research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102556
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2020


  • Hospitality
  • Strategic management
  • Strategy implementation
  • Systematic literature review
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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