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Are Academic Researchers Trapping Themselves in Producing Scientific Research?

Earlier this month, I attended the 20th Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism (also known as Graduate Conference).  It was a very successful conference, featuring 145 stand-up presentations and 186 poster presentations over a three-day period.  Yet, it was just like one of the many academic conference I have been to, I feel this is something missing.  I ask myself: 


Poster Presentation at the 20th Graduate Conference
  • Are academic researchers trapping themselves in producing "scientific" research?
  • Have our industry partners provided adequate support to academic programs in research and product development?
  • Why hotels do not use academic research in product development? (As what is suggested by this CNBC report about Marriott).
  • Where is the place for interdisciplinary research in hospitality and tourism (e.g., working with other scholars in architecture, interior design, fine arts and civil engineering)?
  • If there is a place, then what is the standard for a rigorous interdisciplinary research? 
  • Can we keep our minds open when evaluating the impact of interdisciplinary research? 

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