Amit  Sharma 

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Associate Professor of Hospitality Management/Finance

Contact Information

216 Mateer Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-4257


B.A., University of Delhi (India), Economics
Higher National Diploma, University College of Salford, Manchester(U.K.), Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management
Masters, Institut De Management Hotelier International (France)
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Interests

Food Decisions Research Group

Cost-Benefit Analysis of HACCP (Food Safety) Implementation (USDA)

Financial Decision-Making Behavior in Context of Food Choices

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Local Foods in Restaurants

Value-Chain Assessment and Economics of Food Systems

Investment Decisions of Small and Medium Sized Hospitality Businesses

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy Framework for Hospitality and Tourism Businesses

Economic Impact of Small and Medium Sized Hospitality Businesses

Viability of Investing in the Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSA)

Regions: U.S., Europe, and Africa


Finance and Economics

Selected Publications

Sharma, A., Van Hoof, B., Pursel, B. (2013). An assessment of reading compliance decisions among undergraduate students, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 13, No. 4, October 2013, pp. 103 – 123.

Seo, K., & Sharma, A. (2013). Does Executive Equity-Based Compensation Encourage Strategic Risk-Taking?: Examining the Effects of Equity-Based Compensation in the U.S. Restaurant Industry.  International Journal of Tourism Sciences, 13(2), 76-101.

Van Hoof, H. B., Sharma, A., Moon, J., Cordero, M. A. G., & Pacheco, K. F. (2013). Student reading behaviors and preferences at public and private universities in Ecuador: A comparative study. MASKANA, Vol. 4, No. 1.

Lee, S., Seo, K., & Sharma, A. (2013). Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Performance in the Airline Industry: Operation-relatedness Dimension and the Moderating Role of Oil Prices. Tourism Management, 38, October 2013, Pg. 20–30.

Sharma, A, Strohbehn, C., Radhakrishna, R.B., and Ortiz A. (2012). Economic Viability of Selling Locally Grown Produce to Local Restaurants. The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, December 2012, pp. 181–198

Seo, K. & Sharma, A. (2012). Performance Analysis of Lodging REITs in Relation to Market Segments. International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration, 13, 3, pp. 215-232.

Sharma, A., Sneed, J., Beattie, S. (2012). Willingness to Pay for Safer Foods in Foodservice Establishments. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, Vol. 15, Iss. 1, 2012.

Sharma, A., & Roberts, K. (2011). HACCP Cost Analysis in Retail Food Establishments. Food Protection Trends. (Accepted for publication).

Sharma, A., Sneed, J., & Beattie, S. (2011). Is Food Safety Important to Restaurant Customers? Pricing Implications for Restaurant Companies. Journal of Foodservice Business Research. (Accepted for publication).

Sharma, A., Lambert, C., and Conklin, M. (2010). The Relationship of a la Carte Revenues to the implementation of School Nutrition Standards. Journal of Foodservice Business Research. (Accepted for publication).

Courses Taught

HRIM 435 Financial Management

Strategic Themes

  • Contexts and Social Institutions