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Determining and making sense of recruitment practices for tourism academics in the UK

Determining and making sense of recruitment practices for tourism academics in the UK

Seraphin, Hugues, Kennell, James ORCID: 0000-0002-7877-7843, Smith, Simon, Mandic, Ante and Kozak, Metin (2022) Determining and making sense of recruitment practices for tourism academics in the UK. International Journal of Organizational Analysis. ISSN 1934-8835 (doi:

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Purpose: This study examines the influence of neoliberalism and managerialism on the recruitment of tourism academics in the UK. We analyse how sustainable recruitment and retention of talents are in the tourism industry. Importantly, we provide particular focus on sustainable tourism roles, as well as the impacts of COVID-19.
Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative content analysis focuses on academic jobs in tourism advertised on between June 2020 and July 2021.
Findings: Study findings reveal how, in the case of the UK, current educational ideologies, including neoliberalism and managerialism, significantly influence curriculum and recruitment. Such an approach facilitates the hidden curriculum of undisciplined tourism programmes and significantly constrains the prominence of sustainability principles. The development of curriculum, student life course and recruitment of academics are influenced by several variables (personal, environmental, behavioural), which must be identified to enable decision-makers to engage in efficient planning.
Originality: We provide a unique focus on the recruitment of tourism academics encompassing crucial factors like sustainable tourism and COVID-19. The proposed framework creates the foundation for the investigation and discussion of academics' recruitment in different contexts. We also offer several new avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 'This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact'
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource management; higher education; tourism academics; tourism curriculum; (un)hidden curriculum; life course framework
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 12:35

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