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Department of Hospitality Management
Kansas State University
152 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1404

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Michael C. Ottenbacher

Michael Ottenbacher

Department Head
Mary L. Vanier Endowed Professor

Contact Information

152 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Marketing, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • M.S. in Hospitality Management, Florida International University
  • B.S. in Hospitality Management, Florida International University 

Area(s) of Specialization

Primary research focus: Innovation, Food and Beverage, Culinary Tourism, Strategic Management

Professional Biography

Professor Michael Ottenbacher received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Otago, New Zealand and his Master and Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University, USA. Prior to joining Kansas State University, he was teaching at Heilbronn University, Germany, San Diego State University, USA, University of Guelph, Canada and University of Surrey, UK. In addition to academia, he has extensive business experience. Dr. Michael Ottenbacher worked in senior hospitality positions in the USA, UK, France and Germany. Amongst others, Michael worked for the "Savoy Hotel" (London, UK), the "Ritz Hotel" (Paris, France), the "Royal Sonesta" (New Orleans, USA), and the "Steigenberger Hotel" (Stuttgart, Germany).

Professor Ottenbacher has widely published in leading hospitality, tourism and management journals. He is on the editorial board of several journals and has been the Co-editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education since 2013. Further, Dr. Ottenbacher has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute Paul Bocuse in France, the German-Vietnamese- University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and HTW Chur in Chur, Switzerland.