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Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management

by George B. (Texas A&M University, USA) Cunningham

Part of the Routledge International Handbooks Series

Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management Synopsis

Theory is an essential element in the development of any academic discipline and sport management is no exception. This is the first book to trace the intellectual contours of theory in sport management, and to explain, critique and celebrate the importance of sport management theory in academic research, teaching and learning, and in the development of professional practice. Written by a world-class team of international sport management scholars, each of whom has taken a leading role in developing a particular theory or framework for understanding sport management, the book covers the full span of contemporary issues, debates, themes and functional approaches, from corporate social responsibility and diversity to strategy, marketing and finance. Every chapter explores a key theoretical approach, including an overview of that theory, a discussion of the process of theory development and of how the theory has been employed in research, practice or teaching, and outlines directions for future research in that area. Each chapter includes cases and examples, as well as short illustrative commentaries from people who have used that particular theory in their work, and attempts to highlight the theory-practice links, or gaps, in that area. For a fully-rounded understanding of what sport management is and how it should be studied, taught and practiced, a thorough grounding in theory is essential. The Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management is therefore important reading for all advanced students, researchers, instructors, managers and practitioners working in this exciting field.

Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management Press Reviews

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) 2016 by CHOICE magazine. Cunningham (Ohio State), Fink (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst), and Doherty (Western Univ., Ontario, Canada) have produced a broad-reaching exploration of how major theories from disciplines outside sports-sociology, managerial and marketing sciences, economics, social and behavioral psychology, and so on-as well as theories endogenous to sport management have been adapted for and contribute to the advanced study of sport's industrial and social significance. The contributors, many of them top scholars in the field, look at how researchers might best interpret sport's unique interactions (economic exchange, marketing, communication), governance structures (stakeholdership, international policy), products (sport as brand, as good), sociocultural effects (producer of racial, gender, sexual identities), and identities (fan or organizational). The contributors not only make a compelling case for how theory can help scholars understand and operationalize sport's political, economic, social, and entrepreneurial significance but also demonstrate how social scientists can forge new lines of interpretation of sport. Though pricey, this is a requisite survey of social science theory as applied to the field of sport management. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. - J. Newman, Florida State University, in CHOICE

Book Information

ISBN: 9780815383994
Publication date: 14th November 2017
Author: George B. (Texas A&M University, USA) Cunningham
Publisher: CRC Press Inc an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 412 pages
Categories: Sports management & facilities, Service industries, Management & management techniques, Sports & outdoor recreation, Sport & leisure industries,

About George B. (Texas A&M University, USA) Cunningham

George B. Cunningham (PhD, The Ohio State University) is a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, USA. He is the Marilyn Kent Byrne Chair for Student Success and the director of the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport. Author of over 180 articles and book chapters, Cunningham conducts research in the area of diversity and inclusion in sport and physical activity, group processes, and employee attitudes. He is the author of an award-winning book (Diversity in Sport Organizations), recipient of the Dr Earle F. Zeigler Award, ...

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