Fevzi Okumus


Dr.Fevzi Okumus is a Professor in the Hospitality Services Department atthe University of Centra­­­­l Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management . He received his Ph.D. inStrategic Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University , UK . He has a Masterof Science degree in International Hotel Management from Oxford BrookesUniversity, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism from Cukurova University, Turkey. He worked in the hotel industry before becoming aneducator. He joined the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2005 and wasthe founding Chair of the Hospitality Services Department from 2007-2013. Dr.Okumus’ teaching and consultancy areas include strategic management, leadershipdevelopment, strategic human resources management, hotel management,international hospitality management and introduction to hospitality andtourism.


His research areas includesustainability and green practices, strategy implementation, competitiveadvantage, knowledge management, hotel management, lodging operations, crisismanagement, cross-cultural management, destination marketing, informationtechnology and developing countries. Dr. Okumus has widely published in leadingjournals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, ServiceIndustries Journal, Management Decision, International Journal of HospitalityManagement, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management andJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. He has over 220 academicpublications (about 100 refereed journal articles, three books, 12 bookchapters and 80 conference presentations and reports). His publications havereceived over 3957 citations and he has an h-index of 31.


He chaired/co-chairedand served on numerous PhD dissertation and master thesis committees. He is theEditor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Contemporary HospitalityManagement (IJCHM) and also serves on the editorial boards of 24 internationaljournals. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He receivednumerous research awards and recognitions including “The Michael D. OlsenResearch Award” in 2016 and “The University of Central Florida Scroll &Quill Society Award” in 2017.  


He is the Editor-in-Chiefof the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) ,one of the top-tier journals in the hospitality field with an impact factor2015 of 2.176. He also serves on the editorial boards of 24 internationaljournals and is a frequently invited speaker at national and internationalconferences.



Areasof Expertise

Strategic Management


Change Management

Hotel Management

Cross-Cultural Management

Destination Marketing

Social media



PhD, Oxford Brookes University
MSc, Oxford Brookes University