Part‐time student labour: strategic choice or pragmatic response?

Rosemary Lucas (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Lisa Ralston (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Increasing proportions of students are working part‐time in industries such as hospitality. To understand more about this phenomenon, 11 case studies of hospitality establishments employing a significant proportion of students were compiled by matching data provided by managers and students working in these establishments. Concludes that employers’ employment of student labour could be a combination of strategic choice and pragmatic response ‐ a kind of pragmatic strategy that may be tantamount to a “coincidence of varying interests”.



Lucas, R. and Ralston, L. (1996), "Part‐time student labour: strategic choice or pragmatic response?", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 21-24.

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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