Dr. Dogan Gursoy is the Taco Bell Distinguished Professor at Washington State University in the School of Hospitality Business Management and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management. He developed and designed the “Hotel Business Management Training Simulation” (, a virtual management training game where participants are divided into teams and assigned the task of running 500-room hotels in a competitive virtual marketplace. The Hotel Business Management Training Simulation has been used for both revenue management and hospitality management purposes by several institutions.

Dr. Gursoy received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech. His research goal is to advance the theoretical and practical knowledge by meaningfully contributing to the state of the knowledge in hospitality and tourism. This process may involve investigation of an issue that has been neglected, re-examination of an existing area to advance the existing body of knowledge by integrating other theoretical constructs and theoretical structures, or re-modeling or improving of existing theoretical models.Dr. Gursoy is recognized as one of the leading researchers in the hospitality and tourism area. His area of research includes 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. His research has been published broadly in refereed Tier I journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. His research has also been presented at numerous hospitality and tourism conferences and received numerous research awards. Dr. Gursoy has recently been recognized as one of the top 10 authors in the world in terms of publications in the top six hospitality/tourism journals during the past decade (Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research (2011), 35(3), 381-416). Dr. Gursoy serves on the editorial board of several journals including Annals of Tourism Research (resource editor), Journal of Social Inquiry (associate editor), International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Tourism Analysis, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, etc. Dr. Dogan Gursoy also receives frequent invitations to give key note speeches at international hospitality and tourism conferences. He is also an active member of International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) and Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA).

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