Editorial Board   

Mr. Verma

Rohit Verma

Executive Director, Cornell Center for Hospitality Research

Rohit Verma, Ph.D., is Professor of Operations Management and Executive Director for The Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. Prior to joining Cornell faculty, Mr. Verma was the George Eccles Professor of Management, David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He has also taught MBA and executive development classes at several universities around the world including DePaul University, Chicago, IL, University of Sydney, Australia, Norwegian School of Logistics, Norway, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland, and Indian School of Business, India. Mr. Verma's research interests include new product and service design, quality management and process improvement, and operations and marketing interrelated issues. He has published over 50 articles in prestigious business journals such as California Management Review, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Decision Sciences, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Production and Operations Management. Mr. Verma's research has been supported by numerous well-respected organizations around the world, such as Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel (Singapore); Hammerson and NCR Knowledge Lab (UK); Citycon (Finland); Siemens and Fraport (Germany); Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria); and, in the United States, American Express, Calvin Klein, CSFB, eBay, First Chicago, General Growth Properties, HSMAI, Neiman Marcus, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Mr. Verma can be contacted at 607-255-2688 or rv54@cornell.edu

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.