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Dr. Cain

Lisa Cain

Assistant Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, FIU

Dr. Lisa Cain is an Assistant Professor in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate level Hospitality Management courses.  She received her doctoral degree in 2015 in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned her Master's degree from Florida International University in Hospitality Management and her Bachelor's degree from Smith College in English Language and Literature. She also spent a year studying at Oxford University in England.  

Prior to beginning a career in academia, Dr. Cain worked for several years as the director of operations for a small start-up healthcare technology company in Los Angeles, California, and then for several more years in the fine-dining foodservice industry in Miami, Florida and in Las Vegas, Nevada, respectively.  Her time in industry sparked her desire to further pursue her academic career.

Dr. Cain currently teaches marketing management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and globalization and competitive methods in the hospitality industry for graduate students at Florida International University. She has previously taught organizational behavior, and leadership, management and ethics for undergraduate students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Cain's research interests fall within the broad topics of organizational behavior and marketing, with an emphasis on understanding internal and external customer behavior. Specifically, she has published in the areas of work-life balance, substance abuse among hospitality workers, and loyalty in the hospitality industry. She continues to develop research in these topics.

Please visit http://www.fiu.edu for more information.

Dr. Cain can be contacted at 305-919-4500 or lcain@fiu.edu

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.