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.

part 1|29 pages


chapter 1|6 pages

Developing Theory In Sport Management

ByGeorge B. Cunningham, Janet S. Fink, Alison Doherty

chapter 2|12 pages

Importance Of Theory In Quantitative Enquiry

ByJames J. Zhang, Minhong Kim, N. David Pifer

chapter 3|9 pages

Importance Of Theory In Qualitative Enquiry

BySally Shaw

part 2|168 pages

Managerial theories

chapter 5|10 pages

Building Theoretical Foundations For Strategic Csr In Sport 1

ByKathy Babiak, Kathryn Heinze, Richard Wolfe

chapter 6|12 pages

Stakeholder Management For Sport Organisations 1

ByMilena M. Parent

chapter 7|13 pages

A Theory Of Mega Sport Event Legacies 1

ByHolger Preuss

chapter 8|11 pages

Sport Policy Implementation 1

ByEivind Å. Skille

chapter 10|17 pages

Developing A Theory Of Board Strategic Balance 1

ByLesley Ferkins, David Shilbury

chapter 11|12 pages

The Conception, Development And Application Of Sport-For-Development Theory 1

ByAlexis Lyras, Jon Welty Peachey

chapter 12|12 pages

Leadership 1

ByPackianathan Chelladurai

chapter 13|11 pages

Organisational Justice Theory Development 1

ByDan Mahony

chapter 14|11 pages

Managing Diversity 1

ByJanet S. Fink

chapter 15|11 pages

Work–Life Interface In Sport 1

ByMarlene A. Dixon, Jennifer E. Bruening

chapter 16|10 pages

Sport And Sense Of Community Theory 1

ByStacy Warner

part 3|96 pages

Marketing theories

chapter 17|10 pages

Sponsorship-Linked Marketing 1

ByT. Bettina Cornwell

chapter 18|12 pages

Team Identity Theory 1

ByBob Heere

chapter 19|12 pages

Sport Consumer Behaviour 1

ByGalen T. Trail

chapter 20|10 pages

Brand Equity In Sport

Conceptualisation, advancement and extensions 1
ByJay Gladden

chapter 21|16 pages

The Psychological Continuum Model

An evolutionary perspective 1
ByDaniel C. Funk, Jeffrey D. James

chapter 22|10 pages

Sport Fan Socialisation

Becoming loyal to a team 1
ByJeffrey D. James

chapter 23|13 pages

What Attracts Fans To A Venue? 1

ByKirk Wakefield

chapter 24|11 pages

The Sports Product 1

ByDaniel Mason

part 4|57 pages

Sociocultural theories

chapter 25|9 pages

The Gendering Of Leadership In Sport Organisations

Post-structural perspectives 1
ByAnnelies Knoppers

chapter 26|12 pages

Inclusive Masculinity Theory 1

ByEric Anderson

chapter 27|11 pages

This Way . . . This Explains My Reality

Critical Race Theory in sport and leisure 1
ByKevin Hylton

chapter 28|10 pages

Gatekeeping And Sport Communication 1

BySteve Bien-Aimé, Marie Hardin

chapter 29|12 pages

The Continuum Theory

Challenging traditional conceptualisations and practices of sport 1
ByMary Jo Kane

part 5|39 pages

Economic theories

chapter 30|12 pages

Sport And Economic Regeneration In Cities 1

ByChris Gratton, Simon Shibli, Richard Coleman

chapter 31|15 pages

Towards A New Theory of Sports-Anchored Development For Real Economic Change 1

ByStephanie Gerretsen, Mark S. Rosentraub

chapter 32|10 pages

Fort And Quirk

A look back and a look forward at competitive balance theory 1
ByRodney Fort

part 6|9 pages


chapter 33|7 pages

Themes And Directions For Theory In Sport Management

ByAlison Doherty, Janet S. Fink, George B. Cunningham