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Title: Hotel controllers in the 21st century - a Hong Kong perspective on desired attributes
Authors: Gibson, DA
Keywords: Hong Kong
Financial controllers
Hospitality academic programme graduates
Discourse analysis
Job attributes
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of hospitality management, 2004, v. 23, no. 5, p. 485-503 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of hospitality management 
Abstract: This empirical study carried out in Hong Kong set out to discover how aware are practicing on-property hotel controllers (OPHCs) and hospitality management graduates of desired attributes for the job of a hotel financial controller. It identified profiles of 21st century OPHCs ‘painted' by practising OPHCs (practitioners) and graduates and matched these with profiles from recruitment specialists (recruiters) and studies reported in the literature on unit controllers in business generally and hotels specifically. The approach to the research, consisted of a quantitative analysis of secondary data that identified interviewees (practitioners, graduates and recruiters) and themes that were then investigated in primary data collection by qualitative methods (content analysis of discourse). The study found that graduates needed to better inform themselves of desired attributes (qualifications, skills and personality). However, practitioners and recruiters formed a consensus on profiles, both perceiving a distinction in profile between OPHCs in ‘international' type hotels and ‘other' types of hotel. Perceived attributes of OPHCs in ‘international' hotels showed many similarities with their counterparts in business generally.
ISSN: 0278-4319
EISSN: 1873-4693
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2004.02.003
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