Human resource development in the hotel industry of Mauritius: myth or reality?

Girish Prayag, Sameer Hosany

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The purpose of this study is to identify the role, importance and outcomes attributed to human resource development (HRD) by line managers in the Mauritian hotel industry. Data were collected through in-depth interviews from a purposive sample of 135 hotel line managers. A two-step procedure was followed to analyse data. First, thematic analysis identified key themes in the textual data. Second, the artificial neural software CATPAC was used to generate interrelationships among the themes. Results show that HRD is related to organisational success, service quality improvements, sharing of knowledge and improvements in operational efficiency. Four key outcomes of HRD were identified: improvements in staff attitude, better teamwork, enhanced productivity and better service delivery. The findings indicate the prevalence of a need-driven approach to HRD and the link between HRD and corporate strategy is not clear. Results have implications for organisational and destination competitiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-266
Number of pages18
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number3
Early online date26 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2015

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