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Manager perceptions of big data reliability in hotel revenue management decision making

David Egan (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Natalie Claire Haynes (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 17 December 2018

Issue publication date: 21 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the perceptions that managers have of the value and reliability of using big data to make hotel revenue management and pricing decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

A three-stage iterative thematic analysis technique based on the approaches of Braun and Clarke (2006) and Nowell et al. (2017) and using different research instruments to collect and analyse qualitative data at each stage was used to develop an explanatory framework.

Findings

Whilst big data-driven automated revenue systems are technically capable of making pricing and inventory decisions without user input, the findings here show that the reality is that managers still interact with every stage of the revenue and pricing process from data collection to the implementation of price changes. They believe that their personal insights are as valid as big data in increasing the reliability of the decision-making process. This is driven primarily by a lack of trust on the behalf of managers in the ability of the big data systems to understand and interpret local market and customer dynamics.

Practical implications

The less a manager believes in the ability of those systems to interpret these data, the more they perceive gut instinct to increase the reliability of their decision making and the less they conduct an analysis of the statistical data provided by the systems. This provides a clear message that there appears to be a need for automated revenue systems to be flexible enough for managers to import the local data, information and knowledge that they believe leads to revenue growth.

Originality/value

There is currently little research explicitly investigating the role of big data in decision making within hotel revenue management and certainly even less focussing on decision making at property level and the perceptions of managers of the value of big data in increasing the reliability of revenue and pricing decision making.

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Citation

Egan, D. and Haynes, N.C. (2019), "Manager perceptions of big data reliability in hotel revenue management decision making", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 25-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQRM-02-2018-0056

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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