Dr. Fevzi Okumus

Fevzi Okumus UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management


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Expertise: Strategic Management, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Crisis Management, Change Management, Developing Countries, Hotel Management, Cross-Cultural Management

CFHLA Preeminent Professorship in Lodging Management

Dr. Okumus is a Professor in the Hospitality Services Department at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has a Master of Science degree in International Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism from Cukurova University, Turkey. He worked in the hotel industry before becoming an educator. He joined the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2005 and was the founding Chair of the Hospitality Services Department from 2007-2013.

Dr. Okumus’ teaching and consultancy areas include strategic management, leadership development, strategic human resources management, hotel management, international hospitality management and introduction to hospitality and tourism.

His research areas include sustainability and green practices, strategy implementation, competitive advantage, knowledge management, hotel management, lodging operations, crisis management, cross-cultural management, destination marketing, information technology and developing countries.

Dr. Okumus has widely published in leading journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Service Industries Journal, Management Decision, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. He has over 180 academic publications (about 80 refereed journal articles, three books, 11 book chapters and 65 conference presentations, reports etc.). His publications have received over 2500 citations and he has an h-index of 26. Dr. Okumus has secured and completed research and consultancy projects over US$ 500,000 in different countries and received numerous awards and recognitions. He has recently received the Michael D. Olsen Research Achievement Award.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM), one of the top-tier journals in the hospitality field with an impact factor of 1.407. He also serves on the editorial boards of 18 international journals and is a frequently invited speaker at national and international conferences.