International Perspectives on the Management of Sport

Edited by

  • Trevor Slack, Professor of Sport Management at the University of Alberta and adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa.
  • Milena Parent, assistant professor in sport management at the University of Ottawa in Canada, specializing in large-scale sporting events. She teaches sport administration courses in both official languages (English and French) at the undergraduate and graduate level.

International Perspectives on the Management of Sport is the first multi-contributed book that addresses the various aspects of sport management by some of the most brilliant experts throughout the world. Drawing on the knowledge of international sport management gurus, this book provides cutting-edge ideas from those at the forefront of the industry. A particular emphasis is placed on the rapidly evolving fields of Organizational Theory and Economic Policy and their relation to sport.Contributors include Wladimir Andreff, Laurence Chalip, Jean-Loup Chappelet, Packianathan Chelladurai, Rodney Fort, Bill Gerard, Dennis Howard, Trevor Slack and many others.
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Academics and recent post graduate students in the sport management field 2ndary:Possible appeal in some upper-level sport management courses


Book information

  • Published: July 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8237-4


"An ambitious book that delivers on all criteria. Slack and Parent have assembled an impressive set of contributors, comprising both established leaders in their respective fields and exciting young researchers, who have produced a book that provides comprehensive and theoretically informed coverage of the major concerns in contemporary sport management. Essential reading." Professor Barrie Houlihan, Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, Loughborough University, UK.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (Parent, Gerrard and Slack) Organization theory Economics/Finance Future Research ReferencesPart 1: Institutions and EnvironmentsChapter 2: Athletic fundraising and institutional development: Friend or foe? (Stinson and Howard) Research stream overview Central findings/themes Conclusions/Implications ReferencesChapter 3: Understanding sport participation – A cross level analysis from the perspectives of new institutionalism and Bourdieu (Skille and Skirstad) Norwegian sport The Sports City Program (SCP) Theories of field: New institutionalism and Bourdieu Explaining sport participation: Different levels of analysis Concluding remarks ReferencesChapter 4: Network perspectives of sport organizations (Quatman and Chelladurai) What are networks? What is the network perspective? The network perspective and organizations Practical applications of a network perspective Summary and conclusion ReferencesChapter 5: The political economy of managing outdoor sport environments (Trendafilova and Chalip) The tragedy of the commons The Coase Theorem Collective action Public policies and regulations Voluntary cooperation Subcultures and sport Implications References Chapter 6: The institutional dimension of the sports economy in transition countries (Poupaux and Andreff) The collapse of the Soviet-style sports economy Institution building and economic transformation in transition economies Assessing institutional change in transitional sports economies Concordance between sports and economic institutions in transition countries Conclusion ReferencesPart 2: Professional LeaguesChapter 7: The competitive balance within and between European football countries (Goossens and Kesenne) Theoretical model Benchmark: No broadcasting/sponsorship, closed labor and product market Introduction of live broadcasting and shirt-sponsorshipIntroduction of the Champions League with an open labor market and large increase in broadcast rightsA first empirical verificationConclusionsReferencesAppendix 1Appendix 2Appendix 3Appendix 4Appendix 5Appendix 6Appendix 7Chapter 8: Beyond competitive balance (Kringstad and Gerrard) Uncertainty of outcome, competitive balance and the theory of professional sports leaguesCompetitive balance in the simple league contextCompetitive Balance in More Complex League StructuresMeasuring competitive balance in the North American major leagues and European club footballSome concluding thoughtsReferencesChapter 9: Transactions cost variation and vertical integration: Major League Baseball’s minor league affiliates (Winfree, McCluskey and Fort) Vertical integration in MLB Transaction costs and demand variation: Specification “The Seven Hypotheses:” Results and further evaluation Ownership structure and vertical integration Conclusions ReferencesChapter 10: Organization specific training and player salaries: Evidence from the National Basketball Association (Darling and Maxcy) Data and models Discussion of results Conclusions and suggestions for future research ReferencesPart 3: Event and Voluntary OrganizationsChapter 11: The governance of the International Olympic Committee (Kübler and Chappelet) The IOC's management Managing the IOC’s management The IOC’s regulatory mechanisms Harmonizing the regulatory mechanisms The metagovernance of the IOC Conclusion ReferencesChapter 12: Structural factors impacting the volunteer-professional staff relationship in large-scale sporting events (Parent and Slack) Methodology Results and discussion Conclusion ReferencesChapter 13: A typology of sport sponsorship activity (Thompson and Speed) Taxonomy and typologies Conceptual framework The dimensions of classification: Targets and objectives Sponsorship typology Empirical use of the typology Theoretical use of the typology ReferencesChapter 14: Understanding Control in Voluntary Sport Organizations (Byers, Henry and Slack) Past research Underpinnings of a new conception of control Methods Results and discussion Conclusions References Chapter 15: Sports clubs – Computer usage – Emotions (Friederici and Heinemann) Thematic elements Computer technology in sports clubs Emotions in computer usage Concluding remarks References