A Research Agenda for Event Management


A Research Agenda for Event Management

9781788114356 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John Armbrecht, Erik Lundberg and Tommy D. Andersson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 435 6 Extent: 192 pp
This book explores and expands upon the core topics in the current academic debate within event management research. Emerging areas and innovative methodologies are organised into three themes: Events in Society, Event Consumers, and the Event Organization.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Offering a unique collection of established and emerging perspectives on event management, this Research Agenda investigates contemporary themes and innovative methodologies. 10 chapters cover core topics in the current academic debate, exploring the development of event management from a management-oriented field into a multidisciplinary research area.

Organised into three parts, the Research Agenda contains international contributions from academics across tourism, geography, management, psychology and sociology fields. Initially tackling events in society, the book moves on to look specifically at the consumer, and finally examines the event organization. Chapters recommend the integration of events in geographical and political contexts, suggesting research agendas for the future that focus on the spectator, the participant and, ultimately, the consumer.

Critical reading for management and tourism scholars, this book offers key insights to developing topics in the field. Event practitioners and policy makers will also greatly benefit from reading this.
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‘A Research Agenda for Event Management provides an interesting compilation of research topics which look at a broad range of issues at large within the current body of scholarly work being undertaken within event studies.’
– Sarah Snell, Journal of Qualitative Research in Tourism

‘A Research Agenda for Event Management is a new benchmark for illustrating how the subject area has matured into the mainstream of applied research. Students, practitioners and academics will all benefit from reading the various perspectives through which events are analysed, with Donald Getz''s “five challenges” a notable highlight in showing us the way forward.’
– Simon Shibli, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

‘What happens when the world’s leading event management researchers collaborate to bring forth new knowledge? This book conclusively proves, through these great academic minds, that event research is growing stronger and as a result the events industry shall continue to grow from strength to strength.’
– Joe Goldblatt, Queen Margaret University, Scotland
Contributors: T.D. Andersson, J. Armbrecht, S. Filep, D Getz, K. Holmes, E. Kitchen, J. Lauermann, L. Lockstone-Binney, E. Lundberg, J. Mair, D. McGillivray, L. Mossberg, G. Richards, K.A. Smith, R. Stadler, M. Thanning Vendelö, D. Turner


1. Introduction to a Research Agenda for Event Management
Erik Lundberg, Tommy D. Andersson and John Armbrecht

Part I Events in Society
2. Re-thinking Event Sustainability
Judith Mair

3. The Past, Present and Future of Event Safety Research
Morten Thanning Vendelø

4. Event Bidding: A Research Agenda for Major and Mega Sport Events
David McGillivray, Daniel Turner and John Lauermann

5. Event Evaluation and Impact Assessment: Five Challenges
Donald Getz

Part II The Event Consumer
6. Re-thinking the Value of Events for event attendees: Emerging Themes from Psychology
Eliza Kitchen and Sebastian Filep

7. Event Experience Research Directions
Greg Richards

8. Managing Extraordinary Event Experiences: Understanding Consumer Immersion
Lena Mossberg

9. Participant Events and the Active Event Consumer
Tommy D. Andersson, John Armbrecht and Erik Lundberg

Part III The Event Organisation
10. Revisiting and Advancing the Research Agenda for Event Volunteering
Karen A. Smith, Leonie Lockstone-Binney and Kirsten Holmes

11. Knowledge Management in Event and Festival Organisations: Challenges and Future Directions
Raphaela Stadler


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