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K-State wins best paper awards at Graduate Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference for fourth consecutive year

Thursday, January 10, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Several graduate students and faculty members from Kansas State University are recipients of best paper awards from the 13th annual Graduate Education and Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. This year's conference was Jan. 3-5 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

It's the fourth consecutive year that K-State has received best paper awards at the conference, according to Deborah Canter, head of K-State's department of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics. K-State had three of the eight research papers nominated for best paper awards at the conference, Canter said. The papers were selected from the 303 papers accepted for presentation at the conference.

"Antecedents of Service Employee's Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in Foodservice Businesses" by Wan Soo Kim, doctoral student in institutional management, Manhattan; Chihyung Ok, K-State assistant professor of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics; and Myong Jae Lee, K-State doctoral graduate in institutional management, received the best paper award sponsored by the International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Receiving the best paper award from the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management for "Application of Protection Motivation Theory to Assess Foodservice Operators' Intention to Implement a Food Defense Management Plan" were Eunju Yoon, a December 2007 doctoral graduate in institutional management, Manhattan, and Carol Shanklin, interim dean of the K-State Graduate School and professor of hotel, restaurant, institutional management and dietetics. Yoon and Shanklin also received a best paper award at the 2006 conference.

Also nominated for a best paper award was "Consumption Emotions and Switching Behaviors in the Full-Service Restaurant Industry" by Hee Sup Han, December 2007 doctoral graduate in institution management, Manhattan; Betsy Barrett, K-State associate professor of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics; and Ki-Joon Back, a former K-State faculty member now at the University of Houston.

The winners of the best paper awards have been invited to present their papers at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Education conference in Atlanta in July.

Source: Deborah Canter, 785-532-5507, canter@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008, and is filed under Hospitality Management.