Digitalisation and IT strategy in the hospitality industry

Wynn, Martin G ORCID: 0000-0001-7619-6079 and Lam, Carmen (2023) Digitalisation and IT strategy in the hospitality industry. Systems, 11 (10). Art 501. doi:10.3390/systems11100501

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This article explores how digitalisation is impacting the hospitality industry and assesses the evolving role of an Information Technology (IT) strategy in the digitalisation process. The research approach is qualitative and inductive, based on six in-depth interviews with senior IT professionals in the hospitality industry. Findings indicate significant differences in the role of an IT strategy in guiding digitalisation in the companies studied. The depth of information provided by the interviewees supports the development and application of a model that profiles the companies regarding their degree of digitalisation and technology integration. Analysis of interview material allows the identification of key properties for successful digitalization: process agility, workforce adaptability, and technology manageability, along with a clear data culture and ensured cybersecurity. However, disparate systems and technologies, and a lack of data integrity, are key issues that leave hospitality companies with difficult choices in progressing digitalisation initiatives. The applied model and identification of key properties for successful digitalisation contribute to the development of related theory and can also be used as a reference point for senior IT professionals working in the industry.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digitalisation; IT strategy; Digital transformation; Hospitality industry; Hotel industry; Key properties; Technology integration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Martin Wynn
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2023 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 14:30

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