Start Date

7-1-2011 2:30 PM

End Date

7-1-2011 3:15 PM

Track

2. Track 2 - Poster Session

Subject Area

Hospitality and Tourism Education

Faculty Member

Murat Hancer murat.hancer@okstate.edu

Abstract

With Indian Gaming, profit is not necessarily the “goal of the firm” as with privately or publicly held “commercial” gaming hospitality facilities. Rather, gaming is often used as a means to an end to ensure the fulfillment of a continued, cohesive cultural and political sovereignty as a tribe for future generations of tribal members for future generations. The seventh generation standard is a concept and originated from indigenous North Americans who believed that the decisions of today should take into account the well being of the next seven generations. (Wordiq.com, 2010). Tribes must not only maintain, but also improve community welfare and leverage positive externalities from the gaming industry to attain this standard.

Since Indian gaming is, at its root, a business and, through various social science studies, a link has been established between education and business success, the purpose of this study is to examine whether a linkage holds true for general and industry education and relative success of tribal entities. This study will use a survey distributed to human resources (HR) directors at each operating gaming property within the state of Oklahoma (approximately 100 facilities of varying scales and scope). The survey should provide a better understanding of the perceived needs for education (public/private; traditional/alternative; internal/external) for the casino / hospitality entities as perceived by management that wish to invest in their employees and subsequently enhance the level of knowledge equity at their respective facilities.

Keywords

Indian Gaming, Continuing Education, Knowledge Equity, Cultural and Political Sovereignty/ Identity Preservation, 7th Generation



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Jan 7th, 2:30 PM Jan 7th, 3:15 PM

Effect of Hospitality / Gaming Education on the Goal Fulfillment of Achieving Traditional “7th Generation Standard” Tribal Stability

With Indian Gaming, profit is not necessarily the “goal of the firm” as with privately or publicly held “commercial” gaming hospitality facilities. Rather, gaming is often used as a means to an end to ensure the fulfillment of a continued, cohesive cultural and political sovereignty as a tribe for future generations of tribal members for future generations. The seventh generation standard is a concept and originated from indigenous North Americans who believed that the decisions of today should take into account the well being of the next seven generations. (Wordiq.com, 2010). Tribes must not only maintain, but also improve community welfare and leverage positive externalities from the gaming industry to attain this standard.

Since Indian gaming is, at its root, a business and, through various social science studies, a link has been established between education and business success, the purpose of this study is to examine whether a linkage holds true for general and industry education and relative success of tribal entities. This study will use a survey distributed to human resources (HR) directors at each operating gaming property within the state of Oklahoma (approximately 100 facilities of varying scales and scope). The survey should provide a better understanding of the perceived needs for education (public/private; traditional/alternative; internal/external) for the casino / hospitality entities as perceived by management that wish to invest in their employees and subsequently enhance the level of knowledge equity at their respective facilities.