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Dr Xiao Qu
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Qu Xiao

Associate Professor


An Associate Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Dr. Qu Xiao specializes in teaching and researching in the fields of strategic management and hotel real estate. Previously, Dr. Xiao taught Advanced Hotel Management in the School of Hospitality Management at The Pennsylvania State University, where he received his PhD. He also obtained a PhD Minor in Strategic Management from Smeal College of Business at Penn State. Dr. Xiao has worked in different aspects of the hospitality industry prior to becoming an academic. As a consultant, he conducted projects related to hotel investment and development strategies, hotel valuation, market analysis and feasibility studies, branding strategies, franchise evaluation, management contract negotiation, strategic alliance formation and HR management in the United States and China. He also held various management and operational positions with major U.S. hotel chains including Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott and Extended Stay America. Prior to his hotel experience in the U.S., Dr. Xiao was a journalist of China Tourism News, the leading newspaper in China's hospitality and tourism industries.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Pennsylvania State University)
  • MHM (University of Houston)
  • BA (Beijing Normal University)

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Hospitality and Hotel Management

Research Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Hospitality Real Estate Investment and Asset Management
  • Brand Management
  • Merger and Acquisition and Chain Development
  • Innovations in the Hospitality Industry
  • Internationalization

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