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Taking Sport Seriously: Sport, Management and Business

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision

Guest Edited by: Andy Adcroft and Jon Teckman

Relevancy and Importance of the Topic
In the past decade or so, the activity and the events of sport have taken on an increasing political, economic and cultural significance such that they have come to play a central role in many aspects of modern life. Billions are spent hosting the Olympics to make a political as well as a sporting statement. Football clubs now change hands internationally for hundreds of millions of pounds. More and more sports transform themselves from amateur into professional. Sport is, therefore, no longer a diversion or a pastime confined to the back pages of the popular press. The institutions of sport have become the businesses of sport, trainers and coaches have become management gurus and players have become role models. As sport has found new constituencies in management and academia, finance and culture, taking sport seriously has ceased to be an oxymoron. This special edition will investigate this phenomena and examine the relationship between sport, management and business.

A list of suggested topics includes but is not limited to the following:

  • What do we now mean when we talk about sport? Is it still a pastime or a game or is it now a business? Is sport now just another profession? Does this matter? What are the implications?
  • How important is management in sport? What is the role of management in delivering success on and off the field of play? What is the relationship between management input and sporting output?
  • What can management, both as an activity and as a field of study, learn from sport? Can sport teach us lessons about strategy, organisational behaviour, competition, leadership, teamwork, motivation and other traditional areas of management research?
  • What can sport learn from management? Can success on the field be delivered through the adoption of the management principles and practices usually seen in businesses and other types of organisation? 
  • What about management in sport? What are the theories, tools and techniques of managing a club, association or event? Is there such a thing as best practice? Are there general lessons to be learned from management in sport or is it context specific?

Empirical approaches, case studies, analytical modeling, practitioner and conceptual/theoretical papers are all encouraged. Management Decision is a peer reviewed academic journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, and has been in publication for over 45 years. Its emphasis is to publish research and reflection on theory, practice, techniques and context of decisions taken in and about business and business research. The journal was recently accepted onto the Social Science Citation Index and is expecting its first impact factor in 2008.

The journal website is located at: Please read through the author guidelines on this site before submitting your paper. Submissions to Management Decision are made using ScholarOne's Manuscript Central, full instructions are on the author guidelines site.
As a guide, articles should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length. A title of not more than twelve words should be provided.

Deadline for Submission of Papers  18th April 2008
Notification of Acceptance   6th June 2008
Final Papers due    8th August 2008
Expected Publication Date   Nov 2008

Contact Information
Andy Adcroft     
School of Management, University of Surrey 
Guildford, UK. GU2 7XH    
[email protected]    

Jon Teckman
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, UK
[email protected]