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Dr Demian Hodari

Demian Hodari , PhD


PhD in Strategic Management, University of Surrey
Master's Degree in Hospitality Management, Cornell University
Bachelors of Arts, Georgetown University


Associate Professor

Teaching Location(s)

EHL Campus Lausanne
EHL Campus (Singapore)

Courses and Modules Taught

• Advanced Electives
• Industrial Attachment (6 Months)
• Integrated Business Analysis

• Managing Underperforming Properties
• Driving Hotel Performance
• Managing Underperforming Properties

Teaching Subject(s)

Corporate Strategy
Driving Hotel Performance
Managing Underperforming Properties
Strategic Hotel Investments

Area(s) of Expertise

Corporate strategy
Hotel development

Short Bio

Dr Demian Hodari is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at EHL. He was previously a hotel general manager and the president of an independent hotel management and consulting company and has worked on four continents. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level classes, Dr Hodari frequently provides consulting, executive education and strategic planning facilitation for international hotel companies, hotel owners, and individual properties.

He currently sits on the board of directors of several hotel companies. Dr Hodari regularly speaks at industry events and his research is published in the leading hospitality management journals. He has raised nearly 200,000 Swiss Francs in research funding from the private and public sectors and his research has been awarded prestiges prizes from numerous organisations. Dr Hodari holds a PhD from the University of Surrey, a Masters from Cornell University, and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Cruz, M., Hodari, D., & Raub, S. (2024). The impact of management structure on guest satisfaction in chain-affiliated hotels and the moderating influence of chain scale. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 117, 103651.

Raub, S., Cruz, M., Gorka, J., Hodari, D., & Saul, L. (2024). The cruise industry workforce crunch – generational changes in work values of job seekers. Tourism Review.

Aroul, R., Hodari. D., Bianchi, G. & Martignoni, G. (2023). The impact of brand affiliation on asset values: the case of UK hotels. Journal of Property Research, 40(2), 157-184.

Chan, E. Hodari, D. & Li, T. (2022). Soft brand or independent? Evidence from the first decade of the soft branding, strategy in the U.S. market. International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Hodari, D., Turner, M.J., Sturman, M., & Nath, D. (2020). The role of hotel owners across different management and agency structures. International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration, 21(1), 92-113.

Hodari, D., Balla, P.J., & Aroul, A.R. (2017). The Matter of Encumbrance: How Management Structure Affects Hotel Value. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 58(3), 293-311.

Hodari, D., Turner, M., & Sturman, M. (2017). How hotel owner-operator goal congruence and GM autonomy influence hotel performance. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 61, 119-128.

Turner, M., Way, S., Hodari, D., & Witteman, W. (2017). Hotel Property Performance: The Role of Strategic Management Accounting. International journal of Hospitality Management, 63, 33-43.

Roper, A., & Hodari, D. (2015). Strategy Tools: Contextual Factors Impacting Use and Usefulness. Tourism Management, 51, 1-12.

Hodari, D., & Sturman, M. (2014). Who’s in Charge Now? The Decision Autonomy of Hotel General Managers, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 55(4), 433-447.

Hodari, D., & Samson, D. (2014). Settling for less: the institutionalization of the hotel feasibility study. The Journal of Hospitality Financial Management, 22(2), 97-110.

Hodari, D., Waldthausen, V., & Sturman, M. (2014). Outsourcing and Role Stress: An Empirical Study of Hotel Spa Managers. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 37, 190-199.

Funded Research Projects

Hodari, D., Project: Strategic management skills development - Hyatt International (EAME) LLC, Date: 01.04.2017 to 30.11.2017, Private Fundings.


EHL Researcher of the Year (2018)
EHL Researcher of the Year (2014)
Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Reserach Award in the area of Hospitality Management (2010)