Theory is an essential element in the development of any academic discipline and sport management is no exception. This is the first book to trace the intellectual contours of theory in sport management, and to explain, critique and celebrate the importance of sport management theory in academic research, teaching and learning, and in the development of professional practice.
Written by a world-class team of international sport management scholars, each of whom has taken a leading role in developing a particular theory or framework for understanding sport management, the book covers the full span of contemporary issues, debates, themes and functional approaches, from corporate social responsibility and diversity to strategy, marketing and finance. Every chapter explores a key theoretical approach, including an overview of that theory, a discussion of the process of theory development and of how the theory has been employed in research, practice or teaching, and outlines directions for future research in that area. Each chapter includes cases and examples, as well as short illustrative commentaries from people who have used that particular theory in their work, and attempts to highlight the theory-practice links, or gaps, in that area.
For a fully-rounded understanding of what sport management is and how it should be studied, taught and practiced, a thorough grounding in theory is essential. The Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management is therefore important reading for all advanced students, researchers, instructors, managers and practitioners working in this exciting field.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Overview 1. Developing Theory in Sport Management (George B. Cunningham, Janet S. Fink, and Alison Doherty) 2. Importance of Theory in Quantitative Inquiry (James J. Zhang, Minhong Kim, and N. David Pifer) 3. Importance of Theory in Qualitative Inquiry (Sally Shaw) Section 2: Managerial Theories 4. Developing a Theory of Suffering and Academic Corruption in Sport (Lisa Kihl) Applying a Theory of Academic Suffering and Academic Corruption (Calvin Nite) 5. Building Theoretical Foundations for Strategic CSR in Sport (Kathy Babiak, Kate Heinze, and Richard Wolfe) Applying Strategic CSR in Sport (Yuhei Inoue) 6. Stakeholder Management in Sport Organizations (Milena Parent) Applying Stakeholder Management Theory (Dag Vidar Hanstad) 7. Mega-sport events (Holger Preuss) Applying the Theory of Mega Sport Event Legacies (Nola Agha) 8. Sport Policy Implementation (Eivind A. Skille) Applying a Neo-Institutional-Translational Theory of Policy Implementation (Alex Donaldson) 9. Theory of Sport Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) (Veerle de Bosscher) Applying the Theory of SPLISS (David Legg) 10. Developing a Theory of Board Strategic Balance (Lesley Ferkins and David Shilbury) Applying a Theory of Board Strategic Balance (Neil Dalrymple) 11. The Conception, Development, and Application of Sport-For-Development Theory (Alexis Lyras and Jon Welty Peachey) Applying Sport for Development Theory (Adam Cohen) 12. Leadership (Packianathan Chelladurai)Applying the Multidimensional Model of Leadership (Aubrey Kent) 13. Organizational Justice Theory Development(Dan Mahony) Applying Organizational Justice Theory (Jeremy Jordan) 14. Managing Diversity (Janet S. Fink) Applying the Theory of Managing Diversity (George B. Cunningham) 15. Work-Life Interface in Sport (Marlene Dixon and Jennifer Bruening) Applying Work-Family Conflict Theory (Rachel Madsen) 16. Sport and Sense of Community Theory (Stacy Warner) Applying Sport and Sense of Community Theory (Emily Sparvero) Section 3: Marketing Theories 17. Sponsorship-Linked Marketing (Bettina Cornwell) Applying Sponsorship-Linked Marketing Theory (Christopher Rumpf) 18. Team Identity Theory (Bob Heere) Applying Team Identity Theory (Daniel Lock) 19. Sport Consumer Behavior (Galen Trail) Applying the Sport Consumer Behavior Model (Brian Turner) 20. Brand Equity in Sport: Conceptualization, Advancement, and Extensions (Jay Gladden) Applying the Brand Equity in Sport Model (Artemis Apostolopoulou) 21. The Psychological Continuum Model: An Evolutionary Perspective (Daniel C. Funk and Jeffrey D. James) Applying the Psychological Continuum Model (Kevin Filo) 22. Sport Fan Socialization: Becoming Loyal to a Team (Jeffrey D. James) Applying Sport Fan Motivation Theory (Haylee Mercado) 23. What Attracts Fans to a Venue? (Kirk Wakefield) Applying Sportscape (T. Christopher Greenwell) 24. The Sports Product (Dan Mason) Applying The Sports Product Framework (Thilo Kunkel) Section 4: Sociocultural Theories 25. The Gendering of Leadership in Sport Organizations: Poststructural Perspectives (Annelies Knoppers) Applying the Three Tiered Approach to Male Dominance and Sex Segregation in Coaching (Marlene Dixon) 26. Inclusive Masculinity Theory (Eric Anderson) Applying Inclusive Masculinity Theory (Jamie Cleland) 27. This Way…This Explains My Reality: Critical Race Theory in Sport And Leisure (Kevin Hylton) Applying Critical Race Theory (Dan Burdsey) 28. Gatekeeping and Sport Communication (Steve Bien-Aimé and Marie Hardin) Applying the Gatekeeper Influence in Sport Communication Model (Erin Whiteside) 29. The Continuum Theory: Challenging Traditional Conceptualization and Practices of Sport (Mary Jo Kane) Applying Sport Continuum Theory (Cheryl Cooky) Section 5: Economic Theories 30. Balanced Scorecard Approach to Evaluating Events (Chris Gratton) Applying the Balanced Scorecard Approach to Evaluating Events (Larissa Davies) 31. Towards a New Theory of Sport Anchored Development for Real Economic Change (Stephanie Gerretsen and Mark S. Rosentraub) Applying Rosentraub’s Economic Development Theories (Laura Misener) 32. Fort and Quirk: A Look Back and a Look Forward (Rod Fort) Applying Competitive Balance Theory (Scott Tainsky) Section 6: Conclusion 33. Themes and Directions for Theory in Sport Management (Alison Doherty, Janet S. Fink, and George B. Cunningham)
George B. Cunningham (PhD, The Ohio State University) is a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, USA. He is the Marilyn Kent Byrne Chair for Student Success and the director of the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport. Author of over 180 articles and book chapters, Cunningham conducts research in the area of diversity and inclusion in sport and physical activity, group processes, and employee attitudes. He is the author of an award-winning book (Diversity in Sport Organizations), recipient of the Dr Earle F. Zeigler Award, and former president of the North American Society for Sport Management.
Janet S. Fink is a Professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. Her research interests include the marketing of women’s sport and female athletes, sport consumer behaviour, and diversity issues in sport. Fink is a NASSM Research Fellow and has published in top sport management journals (including the Journal of Sport Management and Sport Management Review) as well as outlets outside of sport (e.g. Sex Roles, Group Dynamics), and her research has been cited in popular press outlets, such as Elle Magazine, the Washington Post, Huffington Post Live, and ESPNW.
Alison Doherty is a Professor in the Sport Management programme in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Her research focuses broadly on the management of non-profit and community sport, and particularly sport and event volunteerism, group dynamics and organisational capacity and innovation. Doherty is the Editor of Sport Management Review and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sport Management. She is a NASSM Research Fellow and recipient of the Dr Earle F. Zeigler and Dr Garth Paton Distinguished Service awards.
Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) 2016 by CHOICE magazine.
"Cunningham (Ohio State), Fink (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst), and Doherty (Western Univ., Ontario, Canada) have produced a broad-reaching exploration of how major theories from disciplines outside sports—sociology, managerial and marketing sciences, economics, social and behavioral psychology, and so on—as well as theories endogenous to sport management have been adapted for and contribute to the advanced study of sport's industrial and social significance. The contributors, many of them top scholars in the field, look at how researchers might best interpret sport's unique interactions (economic exchange, marketing, communication), governance structures (stakeholdership, international policy), products (sport as brand, as good), sociocultural effects (producer of racial, gender, sexual identities), and identities (fan or organizational). The contributors not only make a compelling case for how theory can help scholars understand and operationalize sport's political, economic, social, and entrepreneurial significance but also demonstrate how social scientists can forge new lines of interpretation of sport. Though pricey, this is a requisite survey of social science theory as applied to the field of sport management.
Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - J. Newman, Florida State University, in CHOICE