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Information and communication technologies in food services and restaurants: a systematic review

Reyes Gonzalez (Business Organization, Universitat d’Alacant, Alacant, Spain)
Jose Gasco (Business Organization, Universitat d’Alacant, Alacant, Spain)
Juan Llopis (Business Organization, Universitat d’Alacant, Alacant, Spain)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 18 January 2022

Issue publication date: 11 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are a key player in the food services and restaurants sector; thus, the aim of this work consists in studying the previous research on ICTs in food services and restaurants in the context of tourism and hospitality through a systematic literature review.

Design/methodology/approach

The systematic literature review is performed on full papers published in journals included in the Journal Citation Report of the WoS in the category of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism. A total of 165 articles from 28 journals are analyzed, following different criteria, such as the research methods, perspectives, statistical techniques, geographical focus, topics, technologies, authors and universities.

Findings

The restaurant sector is more and more based on the creation of experiences and ICTs, through their multiple possibilities, can undoubtedly contribute to adding value to the simple meal and create and recreate experiences to attract and retain customers who are increasingly sophisticated and hooked on ICTs. ICTs are basic for managers taking decision at the highest level in food services and restaurants, so ICTs should not be seen as a technical tool but as an essential element for top management.

Research limitations/implications

This paper examined articles from very well-known tourism and hospitality journals, leaving aside others as well as different publication formats such as books or papers presented at conferences.

Originality/value

A significant contribution made with this paper is the availability of a list of topics in the context of ICTs in food services and restaurants. These topics are classified into three areas (Consumers, Suppliers and Environment and Tendencies) that can serve as a future research framework. The paper also provides useful information to restaurant managers about ICTs, to researchers for their future projects and to academics for their courses.

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Citation

Gonzalez, R., Gasco, J. and Llopis, J. (2022), "Information and communication technologies in food services and restaurants: a systematic review", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 1423-1447. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2021-0624

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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