Research Handbook on Sport Governance


Research Handbook on Sport Governance

9781800375239 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mathieu Winand, Professor of Sport Management, LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise and Sports, Luxembourg and Christos Anagnostopoulos, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 80037 523 9 Extent: 496 pp
Sports governance has developed into a considerable field of research, and has piqued many researchers’ interest worldwide. What’s more, recent scandals that have affected the world of sport can be directly related to misgovernance. Research Handbook on Sport Governance aims to gather the state-of-the art research on sports governance. It offers a vital reference point for advancing research on the matter, while illustrating different approaches and perspectives, such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance.

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Recent scandals across the word of sport can be directly related to poor governance. This Research Handbook gathers the state-of-the-art research on sport governance by leading international scholars on various issues across various sports, offering a vital reference point for advancing research.

Illustrating different approaches and perspectives such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance, chapters suggest research-informed practical solutions to current problems within sport organisations. Covering sport event governance, business implications, corporate social responsibility for enhancing good governance and extended board management, specific directions for further research are provided for each topic under examination.

This is the essential reference for all sport governance researchers. It will also be insightful for sport governing bodies and administrators looking for advice on improving good governance in sport institutions.
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‘The notion of governance has gained significant currency and has become an inseparable part of sport organizations'' strategies and practices. It is also a widely taught subject in academic institutions. This is an original and well-conceptualized book, which provides a comprehensive examination of governance at different levels of analysis. Written by established scholars, the text represents a great reference source and will complement nicely the library of academics and practitioners alike.’
– Vassil Girginov, President, European Association for Sport Management (EASM)

‘The timeliness of this Research Handbook is underscored by the fact that the topic of sport governance has become extremely relevant and important but also extremely complex in our time.’
– Hallgeir Gammelsæter, Molde Specialized University in Logistics, Norway

‘This important Research Handbook provides a scholarly, conceptually robust and evidence based approach to critical aspects of sport governance, bringing together an impressive number of original contributions from leading governance researchers from around the world. This Research Handbook will assist readers to better understand the many different ways that governance is conceptualised, operationalised and measured. The complexity and the environmental and cultural nuances of governance are highlighted through insightful illustrative case studies, whereby current models and frameworks of sport governance are not merely presented but are challenged and critiqued. This is essential reading for sport management researchers, students and practitioners.’
– Tracy Taylor, UTS Business School, Australia

‘Congratulations to the Editors on compiling a rich and varied range of sport governance research from across the globe. This Research Handbook on Sport Governance collates the work of leading sport governance scholars from around the world, providing a diverse and interesting array of views and perspectives on the theory and practice of sport governance. The chapters and information contained in this Research Handbook provide a unique audit of sport governance research to date as well as giving directions for future and necessary work in this domain in the years to follow. May this contribution stimulate further research in sport governance.’
– David Shilbury, Deakin University, Australia

‘Good governance is the essence of good sport, hence it is a matter that demands the attention of everyone from athletes and fans to governing bodies and commercial partners. Yet we are living in an era where the principles of good governance are being challenged, raising numerous questions about its principles, application and management. As such, this is a timely text that addresses many of the most pertinent issues facing sports governance today. If sport is to effectively confront the governance challenges it faces, it is clear that Winand and Anagnostopoulos'' Research Handbook must form a central part of our thinking about how we can ensure that sport is governed in an optimal way.’
– Simon Chadwick, University of Salford, UK
Contributors: G. Abeza, C. Anagnostopoulos, J. Anderson, M. Batuev, A. Borgogni, S. Chadwick, J.-L. Chappelet, V. Cingiene, G. Cuskelly, V. De Bosscher, E. De Waegeneer, S. Digennaro, A. Doherty, L. Ferkins, A. Geeraert, S. Gerard, A. Gerke, I. Gibson, V. Girginov, L. Hoeber, T. Jiang, S. Kerwin, D. Legg, B. Leopkey, K. Li, M. Lowther, M. Mrkonjic, M.L. Naraine, I. O’Boyle, M.M. Parent, D. Parnell, S. Prigge, J. Robertson, L. Robinson, B. Séguin, S. Shaw, D. Shilbury, J. Smith, P. Sotiriadou, M. Taks, T. Taylor, S. Walzel, S. Ward, H. Wäsche, A. Willem, M. Winand, T. Zintz

1. Research on sport governance: An introduction
Christos Anagnostopoulos and Mathieu Winand

Part I Principles of good Governance in sport
2. Assessing Sports Governance Principles and Indicators
Jean-Loup Chappelet and Michaël Mrkonjic

3. Measuring Governance: the Sports Governance Observer
Arnout Geeraert

4. Support the Implementation of Good Governance in Sport (SIGGS): A European Project for National Olympic Committees and National Sport Federations
Thierry Zintz and Simon Gérard

5. SATSport Model: An Applied and Adaptive Approach to Grassroot Sport Organisation’ Governance Arrangements
Simone Digennaro, Mark Lowther and Antonio Borgogni

6. A Cultural Perspective on Good Governance in Sport
Vassil Girginov

7. Embedding Good Governance Principles in Sports Governing Bodies through a Code of Ethics: Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Good Practices
Els De Waegeneer and Annick Willem

8. Intersections of Governance and Social Responsibility in Sport
Jonathan Robertson, Stefan Walzel and David Shilbury

Part II Systemic sport Governance
9. Governance of Sports in Lithuania: Empirical Findings Towards Challenging Implications
Vilma Čingienė

10. Evolution and Reformation of China Sport Governance
Keyu Li and Graham Cuskelly

11. International Governance of Action Sports: An Organisational legitimacy Perspective
Mikhail Batuev and Leigh Robinson

12. The Governance of the Paralympic Movement: An Institutional Perspective
Simon Gérard, David Legg and Thierry Zintz

Part III Relationships governance in sport
13. Interorganisational Network Governance in Sport
Hagen Wäsche and Anna Gerke

14. Breaking Down Barriers: Collaboration in Sport Governance Networks
Ian O''Boyle, David Shibury and Lesley Ferkins

15. Examining board-executive relationship in team sport charitable foundations: Unpacking trust building through ‘exchange currencies’
Christos Anagnostopoulos and Mathieu Winand

Part IV Sport Event Governance
16. Sport Event Governance
Milena Parent and Michael Naraine

17. The governance of legacy in the Olympic Movement: A theoretical framework
Becca Leopkey

18. Urban Governance of Non-Mega Sport Events: A Socio-Political Discourse Analysis
James Anderson and Marijke Taks

19. The Supporter Ownership Governance Model: Empirical Insights from English Football
Sara Ward and Dan Parnell

20. The Transformation of German Football Bundesliga Clubs from Members’ Associations towards Corporations and their Governance Implications—the Case of Hamburger SV
Stefan Prigge

21. China: Emerging Football Nation, Emerging Governance Issues
Simon Chadwick, Ian Gibson and Tao Jiang

22. Olympic Brand Governance: Future Research Directions
Benoit Seguin and Gashaw Abeza

Part VI Sport Board Governance
23. Strategies for Change: A Presidential Perspective on Governing the NCAA
Jimmy Smith

24. What do you mean it hasn’t worked out, yet? The paradoxes of women in sport governance research
Larena Hoeber and Sally Shaw

25. The Governance of the Board of National Governing Bodies in High Performance Sport
Veerle De Bosscher and Popi Sotiriadou

26. Succession and Good Governance
Tracy Taylor and Leigh Robinson

27. Board Dynamics in Nonprofit Sport Organizations: Contemporary Research Directions
Shannon Kerwin and Alison Doherty

Part VII Reflections
28. Directions for future research in sport governance
Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos


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