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Mr. Kwok

Linchi Kwok

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management, Syracuse University

Linchi Kwok is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Syracuse University (SU) in Syracuse, New York, where he developed and teaches several hospitality and management courses, such as Managing Service Organizations in Social Media, Hospitality Human Resource Management, Hotel and Resort Operations, and Leadership and Career Management. In 2011, Mr. Kwok was named a Kauffman Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SU to support the university's initiatives in teaching and research excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation. Mr. Kwok's research interests include social media and its business applications, employee recruitment and selection, organizational behaviors, and hospitality management. His publications have appeared in the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Event Management, and Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism. In 2010, Mr. Kwok received grant funding to support his research on social media, including the Harrah Hospitality Research Center Grant Award Program 2010 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2008, Mr. Kwok has presented 20+ authored/co-authored papers in a variety of peer-reviewed conferences in hospitality, information studies, and managerial psychology. He is on the editorial board HOSTEUR™, an official publication of the I-CHRIE (International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education), and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for over five hospitality/social science journals and conferences. Mr. Kwok holds a Ph.D. degree in Hospitality Administration and a Master of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University. Mr. Kwok's professional portfolio also includes several years of managerial and hands-on experience in the hospitality industry in the U.S. and mainland China. In addition to his work as a professor and researcher, Mr. Kwok is a thought leader in the hospitality field, contributing to several professional blogs about hospitality trends and social media strategies. Mr. Kwok's perspectives on social media have been quoted in The New York Times and Voyager's World. Mr. Kwok is also an active member of the community and have conducted invited presentations on dinner etiquette and research methods.

Mr. Kwok can be contacted at 315-443-2162 or lkwok@syr.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.