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Understanding Sport Organizations 3rd Edition epub

Understanding Sport Organizations 3rd Edition epub

Applications for Sport Managers

$110.95 CAD


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    The classic groundbreaking text for understanding organizational theory in the sport industry is back in an extensively revised new edition. With an added emphasis on organizational behavior and practical applications of the theory, Understanding Sport Organizations: Applications for Sport Managers, Third Edition, provides a logical progression to understanding the many components of and processes in sport organizations. Readers will gain a strong theoretical foundation while learning how it applies within the context of the ever-changing field of sport management.

    In this third edition, new chapters incorporate critical concepts that sport managers in the current era must be familiar with:
    • Different policy types and the responses of sport organizations to policy
    • Perspectives of marketing of sport and marketing through sport
    • Control in sport organizations
    • Sex and gender in sport organizations
    • Volunteer management in sport
    • Dimensions and assessment of governance in sport organizations
    • Mental health difficulties and management strategies within sport environments
    • Applying statistical analysis to support analytic decision making in sport
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Procurement and sport organizations
    To facilitate comprehension and application, each chapter opens with a list of key concepts and a real-world, contemporary scenario to demonstrate the relevance of theory and behavior in the sport industry. Time Out sidebars offer accounts from actual sport organization situations or from research findings to further illustrate issues being discussed. Chapter summaries and review questions are provided to stimulate discussion about the central issues from each chapter. Key Issues for Sport Managers boxes highlight how chapter content is applied at the level of sport manager, and closing Case for Analysis examples allow readers to directly apply information from each chapter.

    Real-world examples throughout the text provide opportunities for additional exploration and application of relevant concepts. Every chapter references key articles that build on the foundational framework presented and includes suggestions for further reading within general management and sport management literature. This thorough presentation of subject matter will guide readers to a greater and more practical understanding of core issues.

    Synthesizing modern conceptual and empirical research from many fields of management into a practical, engaging look at the sport management field, Understanding Sport Organizations: Applications for Sport Managers, Third Edition, is an invaluable resource for students and current practitioners alike.


    Textbook for graduate and upper-undergraduate courses in organizational theory and organizational behavior as it relates to sport and sport/recreation management degree programs; reference for practicing sport managers around the world.
    Part I. Introducing Sport Management

    Chapter 1. The Management of Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD
    Why Sport Managers Need to Understand the Complexity of the Sport Industry
    Some Definitions
    Ways to Look at Sport Organizations
    Future Directions for Sport Management and Improving Our Understanding of Sport Organizations

    Chapter 2. Doing Research in Sport Management
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Terri Byers, PhD
    The Research Process
    Theoretical Framework
    The So-Called Debate on Qualitative-Quantitative or Mixed-Methods Research
    Research Design
    Data Collection Methods and Issues
    Data Analysis Methods
    Issues of Quality
    The Write-Up

    Part II. Fundamentals of Managing Sport Organizations

    Chapter 3. Organizational Goals and Effectiveness
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Terri Byers, PhD
    Importance of Understanding Organizational Goals and Effectiveness
    Organizational Goals
    Effectiveness or Efficiency
    Approaches to Studying Organizational Effectiveness

    Chapter 4. Sport Organizations and Their Environments
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Terri Byers, PhD
    The Nature of the Organizational Environment
    Research on Organizational Environments
    Controlling Environmental Uncertainty
    Other Perspectives on the Organization–Environment Relationship
    The Relationship Between an Organization’s Environment and Its Structure

    Chapter 5. Dimensions of Organizational Structure
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD

    Chapter 6. Design Options in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD
    Typologies and Taxonomies
    Mintzberg’s Configurations
    The Simple Structure
    The Machine Bureaucracy
    The Divisionalized Form
    The Professional Bureaucracy
    Organizational Designs as Ideal Types
    Notes on Organizational Size
    Contemporary Perspectives on Organizational Design

    Chapter 7. Sport Organizations and Their Responses to Policy
    Spencer Harris, PhD
    Defining Policy
    Studying Organizational Responses to Sport Policy

    Chapter 8. Strategy in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, James Andrew Kenyon, PhD, and Argyro Elisavet Manoli, PhD
    What Is Organizational Strategy?
    Levels of Strategy
    Strategy Formulation and Implementation
    Strategy and Structure
    Strategy in Voluntary Sport Organizations

    Chapter 9. Sport Marketing
    Frank Pons, PhD, Marilyn Giroux, PhD, and Lionel Maltese, PhD
    Marketing of Sport: Spectator Sports, Branding, and Merchandising
    Marketing Through Sport: Sponsorship, Activation, and Venue Naming

    Part III. Dynamics and Complexity of Managing Sport

    Chapter 10. Control in Sport Organizations
    Terri Byers, PhD, Alex Thurston, PhD, and Phillip Lunga, MBA
    Evolution of Control
    Elements, or Components, of Control
    Sport Management Research on Control

    Chapter 11. Gender and Sport Organizations
    Berit Skirstad, MS
    Concepts of Sex and Gender in Sport
    Historical Development of Women in Sport and Sport Organizations
    Barriers for Women to Overcome in Sport
    Theoretical Approaches Explaining Underrepresentation of Women in Sport
    Gender Equity Policies in Sport

    Chapter 12. Volunteers in Sport Organizations
    Graham Cuskelly, PhD
    Sport Volunteerism Defined
    Size, Nature, and Scope of Volunteering in Sport
    Volunteer Life Cycle
    Organizational Commitment
    Psychological Contract and Volunteers
    Volunteer Management
    Volunteers and Paid Staff

    Chapter 13. Governance of Sport Organizations
    Borja GarcÌa, PhD
    Theoretical Frameworks
    The Autonomy of Sport and the Role of the State in Sport Governance
    The Assessment of Governance

    Chapter 14. Decision Making in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD
    Defining Decision Making
    Conditions Under Which Decisions Are Made
    Approaches to Understanding Decision Making

    Chapter 15. Power and Politics in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD
    Strategic Choice
    Power and Authority
    Sources of Power
    Other Notable Interpretations of Power
    Power in Sport Management Research
    Organizational Politics
    Politics in Sport Management Research

    Chapter 16. Managing Conflict in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Terri Byers, PhD
    What Is Conflict?
    Horizontal and Vertical Conflict
    Is Conflict Dysfunctional to the Operation of a Sport Organization?
    The Conflict Process
    Sources of Conflict in Sport Organizations
    Conflict Management Strategies
    Stimulating Conflict
    Current Research About Conflict in Sport Organizations

    Chapter 17. Managing Culture in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Terri Byers, PhD
    Organizational Culture Compared to Climate
    Manifestations of a Sport Organization’s Culture
    Thick and Thin Cultures
    One or More Cultures
    Organizational Culture and Effectiveness
    Creating, Managing, and Changing a Sport Organization’s Culture

    Chapter 18. Organizational Change in Sport
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD
    The Concept of Change
    Change as Paradox
    Perspectives on Organizational Change
    What Causes Organizational Change?
    Resistance to Change
    Dealing With Resistance and Implementing Change
    Stages of the Change Process
    Innovation in Sport Organizations

    Chapter 19. Leadership and Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Terri Byers, PhD
    Traditional Approaches to Leadership
    Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
    Modern Approaches to Leadership: Beyond Idealistic Views of Leaders

    Part IV. Contemporary Issues in Sport Organizations

    Chapter 20. Mental Health and Sport Organizations
    Meghan Thurston, DClin Psy, PhD, Jon Arcelus, LMS, GP(T), FRCPsych, PhD, and Alex Thurston, PhD
    An Introduction to Mental Health
    Classification Systems
    Factors That Contribute to Mental Health Difficulties in Sport
    Mental Health Difficulties
    Management of Mental Health Difficulties in Sport
    Role of Mental Health Professionals in Sport

    Chapter 21. Technology in Sport Organizations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, and Andy Miah, PhD
    Research on Technology and Organizations
    Critiques of the Technology Imperative
    Microelectronic Technologies
    Relationship Between Technology and Organizational Structure

    Chapter 22. Sports Analytics
    Bill Gerrard, DPhil
    The Nature of Sports Analytics
    Moneyball: The Game Changer
    Analytics in Invasion Team Sports
    Other Applications of Analytics in Sports Organizations

    Chapter 23. Corporate Social Responsibility and Sport Organizations
    Christos Anagnostopoulos, PhD, and Jonathan Robertson, PhD
    Corporate Social Responsibility
    Theoretical Perspectives of CSR
    Multilevel Approach for CSR and Sport Organizations

    Chapter 24. Procurement and Sport Organizations
    Sue Arrowsmith, QC (hon), DJur
    A Multidisciplinary Perspective
    Introduction to Procurement and Its Significance for Sport Organizations
    Objectives of the Procurement Process
    Transparency and Competitive Bidding
    Procurement for Sporting Events
    Procurement by Sport Federations
    Trevor Slack, PhD, was the Canada research chair of the International Institute for the Study of Sport Management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was widely published in major sport and organization journals and was a keynote speaker at conferences on sport organizations around the world. He was editor of the Journal of Sport Management and the European Journal of Sport Management, and he served on the editorial board of several journals related to sport management. Slack was awarded numerous grants for social science and humanities research projects. In 1995, he presented the Zeigler Lecture, the leading lecture in sport management, and in 2001, he was awarded a Canada research chair for his work in sport management. Trevor Slack passed away in January 2016.

    Terri Byers, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She was previously a principal lecturer at Coventry University, and she has taught in higher education in the United Kingdom for almost 20 years. She is widely published in journals, books, and online forums. She is currently working on projects related to managing innovation in sport organizations, using innovation (virtual reality) to create positive legacy from Paralympic Games, and managing diversity in sport organizations. Byers has collaborated with colleagues from around the globe and has been granted research funding from the European Union and Canada for her research in sport management. She takes an innovative and creative approach to projects and believes that students of sport management should always challenge existing practices to constantly improve the sport environment for diverse populations.

    Alex Thurston, PhD, completed his PhD in analysis of sport policy implementation and is currently teaching several modules across the sport management degrees at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. He leads the Introduction to Sport Management module and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation project students. In 2019, Loughborough was ranked number one in the QS World University Rankings for sports-related subjects for the third consecutive year, receiving a 5-star rating. Thurston has a growing list of publications and has presented at conferences all around the world. He also delivered Trevor Slack’s final two keynote speeches: one at the EASM conference in Coventry, England (2014), and the other at the NASSM conference in Ottawa, Canada (2015). Outside of academia, Thurston has more than 10 years of swimming coaching experience. He completed a two-way English Channel relay swim, became a double European champion in 2016, and holds an age-group world record.
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    Instructor guide. Includes a sample course syllabus and classroom activities for each chapter.

    Presentation package. Includes more than 475 PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

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