Meet Our Dean

Arun Upneja, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School of Hospitality Administration

Dr. Upneja comes to SHA from The Pennsylvania State University, where he held the positions of Professor of Hospitality Financial Management and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Schreyer Honors College—a position that included oversight for more than 200 honors courses, academic advising, and career development for 1,800 honors students. Dr. Upneja has spent his career as both a practitioner and teacher of hospitality administration. He earned his B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management, his M.B.A., and his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Houston. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Jammu in India. Following six years of hotel management with Mumbai-based Indian Hotels Company Limited, Dr. Upneja spent 17 years sharing and building on that knowledge at Penn State, where he established new interactive honors programming for faculty and students and won numerous awards for his research, including the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award (2007) from the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.

Recent Publications

Matilla, A. & Upneja, A. (2017). The Effect of Assortment Pricing on Choice and Satisfaction: The Moderating Role of Consumer Characteristics. Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. (Accepted)

Ozdemir, O. & Upneja, A. (2016). The Role of Internationalization on the IPO Performance of Service Firms: Examination of Initial Returns, Long-run Returns, and Survivability. International Business Review, 25(5), 997-1009. DOI:

Lee, S., Upneja, A., Ozdemir, O., and Sun, K. (2014). A synergy effect of internationalization and firm size on performance: U.S. hotel industry. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 26, Iss 1, pp 35-49.

Upneja, A., and Ozdemir, O. (2014). Compensation Practices in the Lodging Industry: Does Top Management Pay Affect Corporate Performance. International Journal of Hospitality Management. Vol 38, pp 30-38.

Kim, S., and Upneja, A. (2014). Predicting restaurant financial distress using decision tree and AdaBoosted decision tree models. Economic Modelling, Vol 36, pp 354-362.

Ozgur, O., Kizildag, M., and Upneja, A. (2013). Does Risk Matter in CEO Compensation Contracting? Evidence from U.S. Restaurant Industry. International Journal of Hospitality Management, Vol 34, Iss. 3, pp. 372-383.

Ozdemir, O., and Upneja, A. (2012). Board Structure and CEO Compensation: Evidence from U.S. Lodging Industry. International Journal of Hospitality Management, Vol 31 Iss: 3, Sept 2012, pp. 856-863.

Hua, N., Nusair, K., and Upneja, A. (2012). “Financial Characteristics and Outperformance: Evidence of a Contemporary Framework from the US Lodging Industry.” International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol 24 Iss: 4, pp. 574-593.

Contact Information

Boston University School of Hospitality Administration
928 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 305
Boston, MA 02215