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Contemporary leadership in hospitality: a review and research agenda

Irene Huertas-Valdivia (Department of Business Administration (ADO) Applied Economics II and Fundamentals of Economic Analysis, Social and Legal Sciences Faculty, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)
Thais González-Torres (Department of Business Administration (ADO) Applied Economics II and Fundamentals of Economic Analysis, Social and Legal Sciences Faculty, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)
Juan-José Nájera-Sánchez (Department of Business Administration (ADO) Applied Economics II and Fundamentals of Economic Analysis, Social and Legal Sciences Faculty, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 28 April 2022

Issue publication date: 19 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide a comprehensive, structured, objective bibliometric review of the main leadership styles investigated in the hospitality industry from 1977 to 2021 (September) and depicts this field’s conceptual structure.

Design/methodology/approach

Bibliometric analysis techniques such as bibliographic coupling were used using several software applications (VOSviewer, BibExcel and Pajek, among others) to identify trends and research gaps in this literature. The paper provides an overview of the evolution of research activity on different leadership styles that yields important insights into research trends, most-researched themes, main authors and key journals.

Findings

A total of 287 publications on leadership from the Web of Science and Scopus databases were summarized. The number of studies on leadership has been growing since 2013, evincing persistent interest in the topic. Eleven main streams of leadership research in the hospitality literature were detected and characterized, with transformational and servant leadership emerging as the most common approaches. Possible evolution of the topics and future research lines were also identified.

Research limitations/implications

The findings can guide practitioners and scholars to further explore and implement emerging leadership styles in the hospitality sector. The paper also presents future research avenues to advance the field of leadership.

Originality/value

The current review provides a valuable framework for examining key leadership styles, understanding the most-researched styles and illustrating leadership's critical role in organizational and individual outcomes in hospitality businesses.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Strategor Group (URJC) for partially funding the translation of this article. This research was partially funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities (Spain) project grant number RTI2018-097447-B-I00.

Citation

Huertas-Valdivia, I., González-Torres, T. and Nájera-Sánchez, J.-J. (2022), "Contemporary leadership in hospitality: a review and research agenda", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 34 No. 6, pp. 2399-2422. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2021-0658

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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