13 August 2009

Call for papers: Sport as an Entrepreneurial Venture

Call for papers: Sport as an Entrepreneurial Venture

A special issue of International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing

The purpose of this special issue is to investigate the relationship between sport and entrepreneurial ventures. Many sport activities involve an entrepreneurial venture as change and innovation are critical to the continued development and success of the sport sector. The current literature on sport has to a large extent ignored the entrepreneurial literature and the aim of this special issue is to develop a better understanding of entrepreneurial ventures in sport and sport-related industries.

Sport as a venture creation tool creates many positive benefits. Entrepreneurial ventures in sport can include the development of stadiums and teams, the growth of athletes and branding and technological advances. As sport is a global billion dollar industry, there is a variety of different types of entrepreneurial ventures that take place. The promotion and creation of entrepreneurial ventures in sport creates many different challenges and opportunities in a global market that is constantly changing. As there is increasing competition for venture funding, sports organisations must evolve to create a competitive advantage. Sports organisations can do this by forming entrepreneurial ventures that focus on innovation, are proactive and involve a degree of risk taking activity.

This special issue proposes that entrepreneurial ventures in sport are important to understand and sustain sport organisations. Moreover, entrepreneurial ventures in sport can offer direction to businesses who want to increase their overall performance.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Innovation and entrepreneurial ventures in sport
  • The sport interface for entrepreneurs
  • Influences of ventures and rapid growth of sport
  • Theory on developing sport-based entrepreneurship
  • Measuring pressure and confrontations of entrepreneurial life in the sport context
  • Entrepreneurs in sport and the ventures they have created (e.g. Michael Jordan, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Nike, Adidas, Apple, etc)
  • Determinants of performance in sports teams
  • The influence of leadership and coaching on performance of sports teams
  • Influence of venture characteristics and environment demands on entrepreneurs in sport
  • Development of entrepreneurship opportunities around sport
Important Date
Paper Submission Deadline: 30 June 2010

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