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Social Entrepreneurship in Sport
How Sport Can Deliver Social Well-being

ISBN 9780815351689
Published November 6, 2019 by Routledge
118 Pages

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Book Description

The social role of sport enterprises is being increasingly recognized at both local and global levels. Sport has the ability to influence community cohesion, physical and mental health, social inclusivity, and provides positive role models across society. More businesses in sport are incorporating these social aspects into their plans as a way of differentiating themselves from their competitors. This, in turn, has led to more social innovation in sport. Recently, there has been more emphasis on social entrepreneurship in sport due to the growing need to capture its societal impact. This book explores the non-profit role sport plays in society, and demonstrates how social enterprises can both address some of the negative social outcomes of sport and support businesses as they develop their social objectives. The over-arching aim of the book is to focus on how social entrepreneurship in sport is important in developing a better global society.

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1. Social entrereneurship in sport: an introduction

2. Value creation and social entrepreneurship

3. Processes and mechanisms for social entrepreneurship

4. Entrepreneurial ecosystems in sport

5. Strategies for social entrepreneurship

6. Gender and social entrepreneurship in sport

7. The future of social entrepreneurship in sport



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Vanessa Ratten is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Department of Management, La Trobe Business School at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She teaches entrepreneurial business planning, managing innovation in organizations and entrepreneurship. She has previously been on the business faculty of Duquesne University, the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Deakin University. She is an established resercher and author in the field of entrepreneurship and won a Vice Chancellors award for community engagement with innovation and entrepreneurship programs.


'This compelling, timely, and insightful book is a must read for scholars, students, sport managers, and others interested in the intersections of social entrepreneurship and sport. With the ever-evolving fiscal climate in the global sport industry in the 21st century, the importance of merging innovate social enterprising with the business side of sports is never more relevant. Ratten provides novel ideas on how to do this that are welcome additions to the social entrepreneurship and sport management literatures.' - Jon Welty Peachey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

'This book is most timely. It comes at a time when the intersection between sport entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship presents major opportunities and challenges in theory and research. Vanessa Ratten presents a comprehensive, careful, authoritative, and thorough treatment of social entrepreneurship through a sports perspective lens. The book’s strength is in providing a multi-level typology of social entrepreneurship as it pertains to sport and a more thoughtful approach to research in this unique context. This is a must read for researchers, academics, and professionals with an interest in this growing and innovative field of research.' - Breda Kenny, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland

'Social Entrepreneurship in Sport is a particularly important contribution to understanding the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship in general, and entrepreneurship in sport in particular. Vanessa Ratten has been able to understand the importance of social entrepreneurship to explain the functioning of sports systems and approaches the phenomenon from diverse and complementary perspectives. The work not only constitutes an interesting reflection on the phenomenon of entrepreneurship in the context of sport, but also marks future lines of research that will contribute to broadening the knowledge of this interesting phenomenon. Without a doubt, an essential text.' - Juan Nunez Pomar, University of Valencia, Spain

'A much needed and very well-written textbook on an emergent and important area of sport management. Dr. Ratten provides a seminal text that is comprehensive and provides outstanding insights that will be invaluable to both theory and practice. This will be the go-to text for practitioners and academics working for the development of sport and society for many future years. It will underpin the education of postgraduate and undergraduate students across the sport management discipline and provide the foundations for the development of research in the area by all scholars. An excellent textbook.' - Damian Gallagher, Ulster University, UK

'As innovation and entrepreneurship become more important in the sport industry ecosystem, this text is critical to developing the next crop of sport managers. As a leader in this space, Dr. Ratten provides a theoretical and empirical approach to social entrepreneurship in sport; this is a must-have resource for any researcher or instructor teaching innovation and entrepreneurship.' - Michael Naraine, Lecturer Department of Management, Faculty of Business & Law, Deakin University, Australia