The book is organised in three parts:
* Part 1 – chapters 1 and 2 - focus on explaining the concept of governance, key terms and definitions as well as the economic, political and social factors that impact on how the governance function is enacted within sport organisations;
* Part 2 – chapters 3 to 11 - focus on the “mechanics” of governance – the elements of structure, process and performance that ensure the governance function is carried out within sport organisations; and
* Part 3 – chapters 12 to 14 - focus on a number of contextual issues in sport governance, including dual leadership, ethics, governance change and future governance challenges.
Chapter 1: The Governance Game: Why is sport governance unique?
This chapter will introduce the concept of governance and why sports organisations need to ensure their respective governance systems reflect good practice in order to achieve organisational outcomes. A particular focus will be the need to ensure that people involved in governance (staff and volunteers) are adequately prepared to fulfil their roles and responsibilities. The chapter will outline the key principles for good governance, review theories such as agency theory and stewardship, define the terms to be used in the book, and set the scene for the following chapters.
Chapter 2: The Playing Field: Influences on sport governance
This chapter will review the key features of existing corporate and nonprofit governance models (e.g. Traditional model (Houle, 1997), the Carver policy governance model (Carver, 1997, and corporate governance principles) and how they relate to sport organisations. The chapter will build an argument that the unique features of sport organisations at community, state/provincial, national, international and professional levels require different governance systems and present different governance challenges. The i