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Dr. Scott

Bernadette Scott

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Business Management, Glasgow School for Business & Society/Glasgow Caledonian University

Bernadette Scott is a Senior Lecturer at Glasgow School for Business and Society. Her PhD looks at employability, talent management and emergence theory and how these concepts impact on graduates, in particular.

Research activity has also included publications across the tourism and international hospitality areas, with focus on culture and hospitality consumption, talent management, work place violence, gender balance and flexible working, and personal development planning.

Dr. Scott has over twenty years' experience in module and multiple program leadership roles facilitating the teaching, learning and assessment experience for up to 600 students at a time. She has developed and led Business School provision in the area of Work, Organisations and Society, Workplace Culture and Behaviour and Perspectives on People at Work.

Recent research has included work on Postgraduate Employability Skills, Talent Management and Graduate Career Strategies as well as a cross institutional Action Research project. She has also been invited to deliver key note addresses, notably in the area of Personal and Professional Development and Planning initiatives. Recent publications have looked at graduate experiences of the first year of employment and a case study with the Scottish Government, examining graduate talent management.

Dr. Scott is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), an academic member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), as well as having graduate member status of the Common Purpose Matrix programme which promotes social entrepreneurship in a global setting. She has undertaken work for the Scottish Qualifications Authority in Saudi Arabia, Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow Tourism Skills Action Plan. Dr. Scott  is currently leading Business Management degree provision for young African talent in Mauritius.

Please visit http://www.gcu.ac.uk for more information.

Dr. Scott can be contacted at 0141-331-8477 or b.scott@gcu.ac.uk

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.