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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration – Hospitality and Tourism

Faculty working with Students: 73
Students: 7
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 128.57%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score
  • 90 MELAB Minimum score
  • 62 Pearson Minimum score
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 92-93 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The PhD in business administration with an emphasis in hospitality and tourism management is designed to prepare graduates for careers in research and teaching at institutions throughout the United States and abroad. Applicants with substantial hospitality and tourism business background are strongly preferred. Incoming students are expected to have both good written and oral communication skills, as well as good analytical skills to facilitate the mastery of research methods and statistics. The course of study requires a battery of hospitality and tourism management courses as well as a group of research design and statistics courses. Students are also expected to take courses from supporting fields of inquiry such as psychology, sociology, management, marketing, etc. The degree normally takes four years to complete and involves taking courses, developing an area (2nd-year) paper, passing a comprehensive exam, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates must reach a minimum admissions index score of 1250 to be considered for admission. The index is based on the formula GPA x 200 + GMAT. There is not a minimum GMAT score. However, successful candidates typically exceed 650.
GMAT score report code 09D-TL-81 Pearson Test of English score report code: 8Z2-GT-38

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Develop a comprehensive knowledge of theory and methods used in their chosen field and related disciplines.
  2.  A College of Business PhD graduate who has comprehensive knowledge of the theory and methods will be able to:
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of the content in their chosen field and related disciplines.
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of research methods applicable to their chosen field and related disciplines
  3.  Execute quality research.
  4.  A College of Business PhD graduate who can execute quality research will be able to plan, organize, design, construct, and execute research to assess/test research questions and/or  hypotheses.
  5.  Effectively communicate research.
  6.  A College of Business PhD graduate who can effectively communicate will be able to write and present research.
  7.  Be effective teachers.
  8.  A College of Business PhD graduate who is an effective teacher will be able to deliver course content effectively.

Student Opportunities:

Coursework in the area of specialization is intended to provide necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research in a chosen field. Courses must be related to an area of study selected by the student and approved by the doctoral student’s committee. Supporting doctoral level coursework may be selected from areas such as (but not limited to) research seminars in anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, management, international business, information systems, marketing, communication, etc. Additional coursework in Hospitality and Tourism Business Management may also be taken, with approval from the doctoral student’s committee.
Annual Review and Comprehensive Exams

The goal of the annual reviews and comprehensive exams is to assess the candidate’s overall mastery of the core body of knowledge in the field and the degree of preparation to undertake research independently or with minimal supervision. The Ph.D. Program director and committee along with appropriate advisors will annually review the progress of the students in terms of publications and research effort. This may entail a qualifying exam each year depending on the program committee’s review of the candidate. The Comprehensive Exam (scheduled sometime during the third year in the program) will test the candidate’s knowledge in five areas:

1.Hospitality and tourism major field requirements: Hospitality and Tourism core knowledge includes a thorough understanding of hospitality and tourism, and behavioral research methods.
2.Business electives: The student should be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding of theories and research methods aligned with those business disciplines chosen for further study, including finance, information systems, international business, management & operations, and/or marketing.
3.Hospitality and tourism research: The student should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of hospitality and tourism research, including explanatory theories and past research findings. In addition, the candidate is expected to demonstrate command over the relevant literature from his/her supporting field.
4.Hospitality and tourism research methods and statistics: The student should also have an extensive knowledge of statistics and the research methodologies that can be employed to study hospitality and tourism phenomena from a behavioral standpoint.
5.Oral and written communication skills: Given the program’s focus on producing hospitality and tourism scholars who can be successful at other accredited, peer or better research universities, the student is also expected to show a high level of written and oral communication skills exhibited in the written and oral comprehensive exams, research presentations at national/international conferences, and publications in hospitality & tourism journals.

Faculty Members:

Ahn, Sung K., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Multivariate Time Series Analysis
Multivariate Statistical Analysis
Econometrics
Business Forecasting
Applied Financial Econometrics

Allison, Thomas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Atanas, Nikolov

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Baker, Timothy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Barnes, Beau, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Bravo, Jesus

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Brooks, Lilly

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Butterfield, Ken

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Carter, Michelle Suzanne

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

IT Identity, Role of Trust in Shaping IT use, Information Systems Management

Chen, Ming

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Chi, Christina, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or co-chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Tourist satisfaction, destination loyalty, residents’ attitude and tourism sustainability issues.
Generations/labor issues in the hospitality workplace and consumers’ wine consumption behaviors

Cote, Jane

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Crossler, Robert E., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Curry, Michael

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Cussatt, Marc

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

DeLisle, Jared

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Fairhurst, Douglas, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Factors impacting managerial decision making related to corporate financing and real investment decisions.

Featherman, Mauricio, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Fotopoulos, Stergios

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gao, Xinghua

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Giese, Joan

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Goodstein, Jerry, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gramlich, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gunasti, Kunter

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Gursoy, Dogan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sustainability, services management, hospitality and tourism marketing, tourist behavior, travelers’ information search behavior, community support for tourism development, cross-cultural studies, consumer behavior, involvement and generational leadership.

Hammond, Rhonda

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Harrington, Robert

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Harris, Mary Kathleen

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Houser, Kimberly

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Howlett, Betsy, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Jiang, George, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Johnson, Jean

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Joireman, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Joshi, K. D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Kim, Jenny Hyun Jeong

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Kuhn, Kristine

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Lahiri, Amrita, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Entrepreneurial firms with a focus on strategic management of resources and innovation. Her recent research has investigated ways in which a start-up’s past influences its future strategy and performance trajectory. She will teach strategic management and entrepreneurship courses. She earned her doctorate in strategic management at the University of Washington.

Latham, Claire

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Liu, Sheen Xin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Mariadoss, John Babu

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

McNamara, Mike

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

McTier, Brian, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Miller, Chadwick, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

How consumers choose between premium and basic products, make the decision to upgrade, and decide how much to upgrade.
Experiential purchases, feature preferences, and consumer-created rituals.

Muehling, Darrel, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Munson, Chuck, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Operations management

Philander, Khalil

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Reyes, Mario Gabriel

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Rose, Gregory, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Sahaym, Arvin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Real-world phenomena at the interface of Management and Organization, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Saldanha, Terrence

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Sanders, Debra, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, prospect theory, ethical behavior, legal issues and taxation of cannabis, and other current tax topics.

Saylors, Rohny, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Seo, Soobin

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Sheppard, Leah

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Simonov, Andrey

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Corporate governance, auditing, internal controls, and financial reporting.

Skilton, Paul, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or co-chair on graduate committee

Sprott, David, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Retailing, branding, influence strategies and marketing public policy

Swanger, Nancy Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Tajeddini, Kayhan

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Tier, Alex

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Toolson, Richard B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Tripp, Tom, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Organizational Justice
Workplace Conflict (including revenge and forgiveness)
Negotiations

Uchila, U.N.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Venkatraman, Srinivasan

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Vinhas, Alberto Sa, Ph.D

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Warnick, Benjamin, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Entrepreneurial passion, hobbies/leisure, motivation, social entrepreneurship

Whidbee, David, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Corporate governance, corporate control, financial institutions, and insider trading.

Wong-On-Wing, Bernard, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Investor decision-making, controls in organizations, accounting implications of cultural differences.

Wu, Michelle Xiao

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Xu, Lily

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Zack, Florian

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Zhang, Hanjiang

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Jenny Kim
Todd Hall 331C
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-4706