information systems that extend beyond the strate- gic and conceptual application software in their ca- pacity as decision-facilitating tools. Also, in this era of a networked global village, the discussion and inferences arrived at in this article are not hostage to the localized context in which this study has been carried out. A comparative analysis of the curricula in tourism management education that share similar objectives and attributes in the development of mana- gerial talent can make a potentially valuable contri- bution in exploring the larger issue of evaluating the role of IT in tourism management education. Biographical Note Sanjay Nadkarni is a lecturer in Quantitative Methods at the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macao. He was also the Director for Research at IFT from March 2000 to March 2003. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Educa- tion & IT from the University of Hull, a Master of Science in Technology Management from the Portuguese Catholic Uni- versity/IIUM and a Master of Science in Physics & Math- ematics from the Moscow State University. He was Project Coordinator at the Institute of Applied & Theoretical Re- search of the Moscow State University, Russia, and Deputy Manager (Training) at Gujarat Pertosynthese Ltd., India, prior to joining IFT. His research interests include IT in education and training, tourism demand forecasting, tourism entrepre- neurship, and heritage studies. He has been involved in the development of a host of applied research projects and consultancy for the tourism industry in Macao. References Bradley, S., Hausman, J., & Nolan, R. (Eds.). (1993). Globalisation, technology and competition: The fusion of computers and telecommunications in the 1990s. Bos- ton: Harvard Business School Press. Bubley, D., & Bennett, P. (1994). Information superhigh- ways: The new information age. Financial Management Report , London. Buhalis, D. (1998). Strategic use of information technolo- gies in the tourism industry. Tourism Management, 19 (5), 409–421. Buhalis, D., & O’Connor, P. (2001). Opinion: IT in the tour- ism education curriculum. Tedqual/ WTO THEMIS Pub- lication , No. 3/1/2001, 11–14. Caldwell, B. (1998). Executive briefing: Senior managers get IT-enlightened. Information Week, 68 , 2–3. Capelli, P. (1993). New work systems and skill requirements. Paper presented at the Workshop on New Trends in Train- ing Policy, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, October 1993. Cho, W., & Connolly, D. (1999). U.S. based hospitality pro- grams: Looking to keep pace with today’s high-tech in- dustry needs. International Journal of Hospitality Infor- mation Technology, 1 (1), 27–44. Cline, R., & Blatt, L. (1998). Creating enterprise value around the customer: Leveraging the customer asset in today’s hospitality industry. Arthur Anderson Hospitality and Leisure Executive Report, 5 (1), 2–11. Crowley, A. (1997). The students are in a class of their own: Figure 2. IT as critical backbone.
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