The entrepreneurship and sport management disciplines have grown significantly in the past decade (Parkhouse, 1991). Particularly, sport management involves any combination of skills related to planning, organising, directing, controlling, budgeting, leading and evaluating within the context of an organisation or department whose primary product or service is related to sport or physical activity (Pitts, 2001). Sport managers carry out this expertise in a multiplicity of organisational surroundings such as college sports, professional and amateur sports, sport marketing and management firms, sport communications and news media, etc.
An upsurge in the number and variety of sports publications, sports-related internet sites and enhanced mass media presentation and exposure of sports events and activities is ensuing in the need for individuals with special qualifications in sport communications and media (Pedersen & Thibault, 2014). Likewise, growth in the number and variety of specialised sports facilities, an increase in sports tourism and adventure travel, the rapid progression of the globalisation of sports and the provision of sport-related goods and services for diverse market segments is contributing to the unremitting advance of the sports business.
This progress confirms that the sports industry will remain as ranking among the major and most diverse businesses in the global marketplace, thus sustaining career opportunities for the future. Mullin et al. (2014) refer to sport management as a hybrid field of study that covers numerous other disciplines. The sport industry has been developing rapidly during recent years and promises to continue to expand. Jobs in marketing and promotions as well as in sports information and communication are often accessible. Several employment opportunities exist in professional sports in relation to event management and community relations as well as in reference to financial markets (Howard & Crompton, 1995). Further employment options are also rapidly emerging in sporting goods, sports agents and arena management.
In this emerging scenario, this special issue aims at answering several research questions, including the following. How can entrepreneurs and managers in the sport business pursue competitive and strategic advantage? How can sport industries successfully compete within global marketplaces? Which strategic elements may affect the business performance of sport industries?
Furthermore, this special issue aims to investigate which management tools and accounting systems are likely to be the best choices for managers and entrepreneurs in order to evaluate and measure the economic assessment of tangible and intangible assets within the sport business. Likewise, we hope to receive papers that explore financial and corporate social responsibility issues within the sport business. Moreover, empirical papers focused on the effects of managerial and financial practices and tools on the strategic management processes of the sport business as well as on their corporate governance are welcome.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the EuroMed Conference 2016 , but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Howard, D. R., & Crompton, J. L. (1995). Financing sport. Fitness Information Technology
Parkhouse, B. L. (1991). The management of sport: Its foundation and application. Mosby-Year Book, Inc.
Mullin, B. J., Hardy, S., & Sutton, W. (2014). Sport Marketing 4th Edition. Human Kinetics
Pedersen, P. M., & Thibault, L. (Eds.). (2014). Contemporary Sport Management, 5E. Human Kinetics
Pitts, B. G. (2001). Sport management at the millennium: a defining moment. Journal of Sport Management, 15(1), 1-9
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
- Social enterprise and entrepreneurship in sport
- Financial issues related to the sport industry
- Business performance evaluation of sport-related firms
- Intellectual capital and intangibles management within sport industries
- Accounting-related issues for the sport business
- Social media tools for sport industries
- Network analysis application to sport management research-related issues
- Partnerships between brands and social enterprises as co-production of sport
- Negotiations of power in shifting organisational forms within the sport business
- Governance practices and issues within hybrid sport organisations
- Corporate social responsibility and the sport industry
- Evolution of sectoral boundaries from local to global sport contexts
- Tensions between state or public sport and commercial enterprise
- New organisational forms of community sport delivery
- Impact of sports' law-related issue on the sport industry
- Opportunities for new organisational forms following major sport events
- Evaluation and impact of sport-based foundations
- Global marketplaces and sport management
- Knowledge management and knowledge practices for the sport industry
- New organisational forms in sport-for-development
- The impact of shifting boundaries and expectations on sport sponsors
- The impact of globalisation and demographic change on shifting forms
- Managing multiple and diverse stakeholder relationships within the global sport context
Submission of manuscripts: 14 July, 2017
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