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Key Concepts in Sport Management

Key Concepts in Sport Management

August 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"An accessible and different guide for students and practitioners alike... I'm sure that it will become a standard reference text for sports management"
- Peter Taylor, Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

"A must have introductory reference guide for graduate and undergraduate sport management students"
- Paul M. Pedersen, Indiana University

"Provides students, practitioners and researchers in the field of sport management with a valuable compilation of sensitizing concepts, definitions and interesting references"
- Michel van Slobbe, European Sport Management Quarterly

Sharp, clear and relevant this book meets the needs of those studying and researching within the growing discipline of sport management.

The intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a concise overview of the key concepts in the field guiding you through the important debates, sources and research methods in the management and delivery of sport.

The book introduces readers to the concepts at the centre of their studies; it suggests relevant further reading and thoughts for future research and applies academic theory to business and organizational problems in a real-world context.

Written for students, academics and practitioners the entries are designed to meet study needs and include:
  • Clear definitions
  • Comprehensive examples
  • Practical applications
  • Effective research methods.
Organizational Theory
Competitive Balance
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Critical Theory and Critical Management Studies
Effectiveness or Efficiency
Image, Identity and Reputation
Knowledge Transfer
Media / Broadcasting
Organizational Culture
Organizational Goals
Performance Management
Sport Development (and Sport for Development, Development through Sport)
Sports Funding and Finance
Sports Law
Sport Marketing
Sport Organization
Sport Participation
Sport Policy
Sport Tourism
Strategic Planning
Strategic Alliances
Typologies and Taxonomies
Keeping up to Date: Useful Sources

This is a highly informative text that links the key concepts in sport management to broader issues for research, in particular, the role of past research in informing current research agendas. In presenting a reference guide that draws on Organizational Theory to formulate research questions, Terri Byers, Trevor Slack and Milena Parent offer students a highly original text for understanding both the theory and the practice of the management of sport, the sports industry and broader concerns for management, sports law, and media/broadcasting.
Catherine Palmer Associate Professor in Sociology, Deakin University, Australia

Byers, Slack, and Parent's Key Concepts in Sports Management is a must have introductory reference guide for graduate and undergraduate sport management students and a highly suggested read for established and developing sport management professors, researchers, and practitioners. Their book - which is underpinned with a strong organizational theory foundation and sustained with an interweaving of conceptual issues and practical applications - is highly relevant for use in endeavors associated with pedagogical, scholarly, and practical aspects of our field. While the authors use organizational theory as the basis to explain various issues and concepts, the book has a strong connection to myriad disciplines and segments - ranging from sport law and sport marketing to sport finance and sport media - affiliated with the management of sport. In addition to the authors' detailed examination and application of core concepts and affiliated research, readers will find highly beneficial Byers, Slack, and Parent's suggestions for future research as well as additional scholarly reading material related to the various interrelated concepts and issues examined in their guide.

Paul M. Pedersen PhD Professor & Director, Sport Management Doctoral Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, United States

Key Concepts in Sport Management is an accessible and different guide for students and practitioners alike, on relevant concepts from organisational theory and beyond. It is comprehensive, with 46 chapters, each between 1000 and 2000 words long, on different concepts. Furthermore, it shows the interrelationships between these concepts and it has over 100 pages of relevant references. I'm sure that it will become a standard reference text for sports management. alike'
Peter TaylorProfessor of Sport Economics, Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Key Concepts in Sport Management provides students, practitioners and researchers in the field of sport management with a valuable compilation of sensitizing concepts, definitions and interesting references. With the structure, style and extensive content the book meets its purpose.

Michel van SlobbeEuropean Sport Management Quarterly

As part of the 'Key Concepts' series, this book more than satisfies the criterion of offering students 'accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics.'


A good text to get our second years' thinking about sports management and the background to the careers some of them are looking to undertake. Really useful for my sport management unit.

Mr charlie whewell
Sport & the Public Services Department, Bedford College
August 21, 2017

Good background reading for all our students and several chapters provide excellent focused materials

Sport, Physical Education & Leisure, University of St Mark & St John
December 18, 2014

Concise chapters but a few concepts missing. Well written and student friendly.

Miss Lisa Binney
Faculty of Sport Business & Enterprise, Southampton Solent University
March 25, 2013

This book provides a thorough and detailed introduction to the central concepts which underpin the study of sports management, and will act as an excellent reference point for students who are commencing study in this particular subject area.

Mr Stuart Whigham
Education, St Mary's University College, Twickeham
February 7, 2013

The book is good at acknowledging the various topics that impact upon the Sports Management industry. Indeed, it highlights how the subject area considers aspects that could be transfered across various related industries. The suggestions for further reading are useful - I'm sure that students would appreciate this. Given the fact that events are often seen as a 'shop window' for much sports management work, I was surprised that this was given such a small level of coverage. That said, I will be recommending this book to my students.

Mr Ryan Thomas
Faculty of Sport, Media & Creative Arts, College of St Mark and St John
November 12, 2012

This is a very valuable resource that provides brief yet theoretically substantial overviews of many important concepts that underpin the course content.

Given the disparate nature of the prior student experience of those undertaking the MSc Management (Sport) at the University of Ulster this is a timely publication.

Mr Paul Kitchin
School of Sport Studies, Ulster University
November 8, 2012

A useful text with information that complements other texts we use and will be added to our reccomended reading list

Mr Dan Burns
Physical Education , Tresham Institute
October 9, 2012

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