Title: Developing a data envelopment analysis model for measuring and isolating the impact of contextual factors on hotel productivity

Authors: Marianna Sigala, John Mylonakis

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Aegean University, Chios, Greece. ' 10 Nikiforou Str., Glyfada 16675, Athens, Greece

Abstract: Low productivity has been a major issue in the hospitality industry, but this situation is unlikely to improve without a general change in the way productivity is measured and managed. However, attempts to identify satisfactory productivity monitoring procedures as well as hotel productivity benchmark studies have been heavily criticised, while the use of management science techniques by hospitality professionals is scarce, if not unknown. This research aims to address the theoretical and practical urgency of research on hotel productivity by developing and illustrating the value of a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) methodology for productivity measurement and improvement. The paper also extends current DEA applications by presenting a DEA methodology based on the theory of performance frontiers that isolates the productivity impact of hotel contextual factors. The applicability and usefulness of the DEA methodology are demonstrated in a dataset of hotels in the UK, and managerial implications are discussed.

Keywords: hotel productivity; DEA; data envelopment analysis; contextual factors; UK hospitality industry; productivity measurement; productivity improvement; productivity management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPM.2005.006489

International Journal of Business Performance Management, 2005 Vol.7 No.2, pp.174 - 190

Published online: 14 Mar 2005 *

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