The Fox School of Business offers a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport. This concentration is unique, as it builds upon the power of Fox in conjunction with the School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management (STHM). Ongoing research in the concentration includes work in three primary areas: Marketing and Social Engagement which unitizes interdisciplinary research to examine academic and industry developments at the individual, consumer, employee and community levels; Strategic Management and Experience Design to address the strategic development and branding of service organizations; and Economics and Asset Management to conduct economics and econometric analysis, finance, strategic decision making, revenue management, and industry studies. The Tourism and Sport concentration is designed to prepare PhD students for faculty positions at universities that offer hospitality, recreation, sport, and tourism degrees. STHM graduates have accepted positions at universities such as the University of Florida, University of Denver, University of Minnesota, James Maddison University, Loughborough University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Colorado State University, University of Surrey, Virginia Technology University and University of Houston.
The concentration has 14 full-time, highly productive faculty members that have collectively produced over 240 papers for refereed academic journals since July 2011. The STHM faculty have editorial board appointments at leading academic journals and are regularly published in leading journals, including the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and Tourism Management. Our PhD students work closely with faculty on research projects and papers. Our students regularly present at national and international conferences and have received awards for best paper at various conferences.
The Tourism and Sport concentration provides students an opportunity to advance their research and teaching skills. The course work takes approximately two years and provides students with an appropriate blend of theoretical and methodological courses to support their research program. Each student will have a faculty mentor to offer guidance about research projects and advice on career development. Students also work as research assistants on existing projects with faculty and industry professionals as well as enter competitions to secure funding for their research. The Tourism and Sport concentration allows students to gain valuable classroom training serving as lecturers and teaching assistants in the STHM undergraduate program. Throughout the program, students will have access to job skills workshops and professional development seminars to assist their efforts in applying for and interviewing for faculty positions.
For more information please consult the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management website.
All students admitted to the Tourism and Sport concentration are considered for full financial support. Funding typically comes in the form of an assistantship and includes full tuition and stipend for at least four years, based on adequate progress and annual evaluations. Students receiving financial support are expected to work as research and teaching assistants for 20 hours a week. Research and teaching hours are allocated by the Tourism and Sport concentration advisor. Fellowship consideration will be given to applications received by December 15th.
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Within six months of the completion of the required coursework, students must take and pass a Preliminary Examination. The preliminary exam is designed to test whether the student has a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the theories, methodologies, and empirical findings in Tourism or Sport.
A Preliminary Examination Committee shall be formed and the student is to consult with his/her faculty mentor and notify the Tourism and Sport concentration advisor as to the composition of the Preliminary Examination Committee. The faculty mentor should also provide the concentration advisor with a copy of the preliminary examination prior to the date of the examination. The Preliminary Examination Committee should include a minimum of three (3) faculty members.
The Tourism and Sport concentration uses the following format for the preliminary exam including four (4) sections:
- a) Methodology (4-8 hours in house),
- b) Primary Theory Area (8 hours in house or / 48 hours take home),
- c) Cognate Research Area (4-8 hours in house or 48 hours take home), and
- d) Field/Discipline/Application (8hr hours in house).
Students are encouraged to take the preliminary examination in the first semester of the 3rd year. Students who fail the exam are allowed to sit for reexamination. A second failure will result in an automatic dismissal from the program. Third attempts are not allowed.
The Tourism and Sport concentration uses the following format for the preliminary exam defense. The candidate prepares a formal presentation from the a) primary, b) cognate, and c) methodology sections. The presentation of each section is to summarize question(s) and key responses and will last approximately 5 minutes per section. Questions from the audience follow each section presentation and should not exceed 10 minutes. A closed session with the Preliminary Exam Committee follows the public presentation and can revisit or discuss any topics. Total time 120 minutes: 60 public / 60 private with committee.
Upon the successful passage of the Preliminary Examination, students are expected to select a dissertation advisor and their Dissertation Advisory Committee within 3 months. The student must notify the Tourism and Sport concentration advisor of his/her choice for advisor and committee members prior to the proposal defense date.
A Dissertation Advisory Committee must have a minimum of three (3) faculty members including a chairperson. The chairperson and a least one other member must be faculty from the Tourism and Sport concentration. One member is encouraged to be from outside the concentration. The chairperson must be a member of the Temple University Graduate Faculty and must be approved by the concentration advisor and Fox PhD office. Students are encouraged to formally defend the proposal with the Dissertation Proposal Committee’s approval no later than the end of summer of the 3rd year.
The Tourism and Sport concentration uses the following format for the Dissertation proposal. The candidate prepares a formal presentation to committee and public audience. Total time not to exceed 60 minutes including questions. Formal presentation is followed by a closed session with committee members. The candidate’s proposal is evaluated by the committee on seven key criteria:
- Does the dissertation proposal illustrate the candidate can conduct independent high-quality research?
- Will the proposed research make a contribution to the tourism/sport management academic field?
- Will the proposed research yield data allowing the development of articles to get published in tourism/sport management journals?
- Will this dissertation provide the foundation for a research agenda in tourism/sport management moving forward?
- Will this dissertation impress a university committee when presenting this research on the job market?
- Can the proposed research be completed and dissertation defended within the candidate’s funding cycle?
- Will the dissertation contribute to the tourism/sport management industry?
The Tourism and Sport concentration uses the following format for the Dissertation Defense. The candidate prepares a formal presentation to Dissertation Advisory Committee and public audience. Total time not to exceed 60 minutes including questions. After the formal presentation, a closed session with committee members is held.
Title: Professor & Washburn Senior Research Fellow
Research Interests: Sport Consumer Behavior and Sport Marketing
Office: Speakman Hall 300
Title: Assistant Professor & Director
Research Interests: Price Setting Strategies and Theory
Office: Speakman Hall 366
Title: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Theoretical Framework of Involvement, Individual and Community Benefits
Office: Speakman Hall 366
Title: Chair and Associate Professor
Research Interests: Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Corporate Social Responsibility
Office: Speakman Hall 111 C
Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Brand Management, Services Management, Contemporary Issues in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Office: Speakman Hall 306
Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Consumer Attitudes, Sport and Event Behavior
Office: Speakman Hall 307
Office: Speakman Hall 305
Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Sport Consumer Psychology
Office: Speakman Hall 365
Title: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Customer Satisfaction, Emotional Labor and Intelligence
Office: Speakman Hall 361
Research Interests: Recreation and Resource Development
Office: Speakman Hall 311
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Speakman Hall 303
Title: Assistant Professor
Before joining the PhD program, I received both PhD and MS in Hospitality & Tourism management from Kyunghee University, and BS degree in Geography from Sungshin Womans University. Prior joining Temple University, I worked for the 5 star luxury hotels as a hotelier and a marketer who mainly in charged of revenue management; morover, I had academic working experiences working as a senior researcher at the KMA and an instructor for the hotel management course. My current research interests are operation management, services management and brand strategy in the hospitality industry. I love traveling and baking.
Zeya joined the Ph.D. program in Fall 2016. She holds an MS degree in geography from Peking University, and BE in urban planning from Sichuan University. She worked as a part-time researcher at China Institute for Development Planning, Tsinghua University for 1 year. Her current research interests lie in travel behaviors and experience design.
Xingbao Hu joined Temple University as a Research Assistant in fall 2015. He holds his MS degree and BS degree from Anhui Normal University. Before joining the Fox School of Business, he had worked in tourism and hospitality organizations for five years including two hotels, a travel agency, a city tourism administration, and a tourism planning institution. His research interests lie in big data analytics, online tourism marketing, and hotel management.
Moon Sup Hyun
Joined the Ph.D. program as a research assistant in 2015.Master of Sport Management from Seoul National University.BS in Human Ecology and minor in Economics from Yonsei University.Worked as an Associate for Samsung Electronics, Telecommunication Systems business, Global sales & marketing.Research assistant in Seoul National University Center for Sport Industry.Awarded Graduate Research fellowship from Government of South Korea.Research interests include: Participant Sports for social and personal change.
Heather Kennedy is a PhD student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport at the Fox School of Business and the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Heather joined the program as a Presidential Fellow in 2016. Her research interests include sport consumer behavior and emerging technology in sports management. Prior to Temple University, Heather completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Information Systems at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she worked extensively as a teaching assistant as well as in the information technology industry. Heather's work experience involved the development of information tools and systems as well as the consumer reception of technology.
Jamie (Jeongmi) Kim is currently a doctoral candidate at Temple University's Fox School of Business studying business administration with a concentration in tourism and sport. Jamie holds both M.A. and B.S. degree in Tourism Management from Hanyang University, Korea. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Jamie worked for the Korea National Tourism Organization (KTO) for ten years. At KTO, she planned and executed various marketing projects like road show and international sports events both in Korea and Southeast Asia.
Her current research interests in designing tourism experience and marketing communication strategies with the new media. Especially, she is very interested in how experience designer can rethink the meaning of tourism experience and use new media channel to create meaningful tourism experiences. Her research has been published in Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. She has also presented her research at several tourism and interdisciplinary conferences, including TTRA, HCI International Conference, and ENTER Conference. Recently, she won 2nd Place for Best Research Paper ENTER 2014 eTourism Conference in Ireland. Currently, she is the research coordinator for Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute at University of Florida.
Minsun Kim is a doctoral candidate at the Fox School of Business and Management of the Temple University. She holds an MS degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston. Her research goals are directed toward understanding the basis of hospitality revenue management and strategic management with an emphasis on pricing. Her research has been published in International Journal of Hospitality Management. She also taught a graduate level course of Revenue Management and Hotel Analytics in spring 2016. Prior to joining the Fox School of Business, she worked seven years ranging from hotel revenue management analyst, F&B and resort operation, hotel guest service training, event organizing, and to hospitality asset management consulting in the United States and South Korea.
Mi Ae Lee
I am a Ph.D. student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport at the Fox School of Business. Before joining the PhD program at Temple University, I earned a Master’s degree in Leisure Studies with an emphasis on Recreational Sport Management at the University of Iowa. My diverse academic and professional experiences are at the intersection between fashion and sports. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics at Inha University in Korea and an Associate in Applied Science of Fashion Marketing and Management degree at Berkeley College in New York. Also, I worked as a textile merchandiser and a fabric trading agent for Tristate Trading Limited, a Hong Kong-based buying office and garment manufacturer. My research interests lies in consumer behavior and psychology within the context of sport, which creates opportunities to identify the development of consumer behaviors in a variety of sport and recreation sectors.
Hongbo Liu is a Ph.D. student in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport and a research assistant at School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at Temple University. Before joining Temple, she studied at University of South Carolina, where she received her Master’s Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, and finished her first year of Ph.D. program in Hospitality Management. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She used to work as a research assistant in Consumer Insight department of Walt Disney for a six-month internship at Orlando in 2014. She also did a summer internship for Consumer Insight department at Shanghai Disneyland in 2013. Her research interests include consumer behavior, cultural studies and service marketing. She received the Presidential Fellowship from University of South Carolina in 2014, and Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship from College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at USC in 2012.
Sangwon joined the Ph.D. program as a Presidential Fellow in Fall 2015. He holds Bachelor and Master degree in Physical Education from Korea National Sport University in Korea, and M.S degree in Sport Management from Florida State University. His current research interests lie in sport consumer behavior and organizational behavior, with a special interest in studying brand image of sport organizations, the process of sport brand image formation, and brand architecture of sport organizations.
Anthony Pizzo, a native of Philadelphia, PA., joined the PhD program in 2015. He is a PhD student in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport at theFox School of Business. Anthony is also a research and teaching assistant at the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) at Temple University. Anthony works with the Sports Industry Research Center (SIRC) conducting the economic impact of mass participation sport events (MPSEs). His research interests include sport marketing and consumer behavior, strategic management, emerging technology in sport management, and the cultural dimensions of sport and business.
Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he received his Master of Finance (MSF) degree from The Fox School of Business and his MBA with a concentration in International Business from St. John’s University (Rome, Italy Campus). He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Italian from La Salle University.
Yiran received her master degree of project management from the University of Sydney. She previously graduated from La trobe University with a Bachelor of Business degree. Her research interest is the internationalization of sport. She is also currently working on the project of athlete branding.
Karen Pei-Sze Tan
A Singapore native, Karen joined STHM as a University Fellow in 2016. Prior to Temple, she was a core member of the faculty team that set up Singapore’s first full fledged undergraduate hospitality program at the Singapore Institute of Technology.In addition, she designed and taught a second-year course on “Financial Analysis ofHospitality Business” through the use of team-based learning pedagogy.
Karen brings with her close to ten years of professional experience in hospitality and tourism consulting. With a primary focus on the Asia Pacific region, her wealth of consulting experience spans the entire lifecycle of hospitality assets, including pre- development market and financial feasibility analysis, operator selection and hotel management contract negotiations, operations and benchmarking reviews, budget reviews, renovation and repositioning strategies as well as asset disposal and brokerage. In addition, she has extensive experience in strategic consulting projects, providing advice to clients on tourism destination master planning, hotel portfolio restructuring, business planning, regional headquarter operating modes and pre- acquisition due diligence. She has also advised several Nasdaq-listed hotel companies on their country-specific market entry strategies.
Karen holds a Master of Business (By Research) degree with a specialization in Tourism Management and a Bachelor of Business with Honors from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her current research interests include the internationalization and strategic management of tourism and hospitality businesses. She is also very keen on understanding the impacts that these businesses bring to the local community and residents.
Yuan joined the Ph.D. program at the Fox School of Business in 2015. She holds a M.S. degree in Tourism Management from East China Normal University in China, and earned her B.S. degree in Tourism Management at School of Geographic and Oceanic Sciences, Nanjing University. Before joining Temple, Yuan was a Ph.D. student at University of South Carolina. She received Best Paper Award at the 20th Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. Her research interests lie in online consumer behavior and destination e-marketing.
Xiaochen joined the program as a Research Assistant in 2014. She received her M.A. in Sport Management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and B.A. in Sport Journalism from Beijing Sport University. Her research interests lie in sport consumer behavior and sport communication, with a special interest in studying how social media influences sport consumers' psychological connections with teams, event, brands etc. in sport.