International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Inside the National Association of Black Hospitality Professionals: Using Dramaturgical Analysis to Discuss Lateral Flexible Voluntary Organizing
Michele R. Grottola

This research produces a dramaturgical framework capable of describing the early stages of one voluntary and lateral flexible organization, the National Association of Black Hospitality Professionals, a professional American association for hospitality and tourism industry managers from 1984 until 1999. The theoretical framework used is dramaturgical analysis concerning how the NABHP organization enabled African American hospitality managers, as members of the NABHP, to construct upwardly mobile strategic professional networks throughout the American hospitality and tourism industry. Both the organization and its membership, in turn, are viewed in the critical light of the two environments in which the NABHP was embedded at the time, the macro socio-cultural environment and the industry-operating environment.

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