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Understanding Sport Organizations

Understanding Sport Organizations - 2nd edition

Understanding Sport Organizations - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780736056397

ISBN10: 0736056394

Understanding Sport Organizations by Trevor Slack and Milena Parent - ISBN 9780736056397
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
International: No
Understanding Sport Organizations by Trevor Slack and Milena Parent - ISBN 9780736056397

ISBN13: 9780736056397

ISBN10: 0736056394

Edition: 2ND 06

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Understanding Sport Organizations: The Application of Organization Theory, Second Edition, a new edition of a ground-breaking text, continues to give readers a strong foundation in organization theory and application of that theory by providing a real-world context to all its issues. It engages readers by providing opportunities to discover the theory in practice through use of profiles, case studies, and examples of sport organizations in each chapter.

Updated with new research and current examples that will help the reader develop a clearer understanding of organization theory, this edition benefits the reader by featuring:

  • A new chapter on strategic alliances explores the growing complexity of sport organizations and the impact that complexity has on the planning and decision making of sport managers. It will help current and future professionals recognize and understand the opportunities that exist both outside and within the sport industry to benefit their organizations.
  • A new chapter on research in sport management prepares readers to become competent researchers by providing guidance on research design and methodology, data collection and analysis, and issues of quality.
  • A new section in each chapter, titled ''Key Issues for Managers,'' details vital concepts that will help managers apply information taken from topics in the text to specific issues they face on the job.

To enhance understanding and bring the material to life, Understanding Sport Organizations: The Application of Organization Theory, Second Edition, references numerous current examples. Each chapter opens with a practical example of a sport organization and closes with a case for analysis that allows the reader to directly apply the information from the chapter. Throughout the text, ''Time-Out'' sidebars present examples to illustrate specific concepts under discussion. The examples are effective in highlighting for students and professionals the many different areas in which organization theory occurs.

The book also employs chapter objectives, summaries, key concepts, review questions, and suggestions for further reading for each chapter, guiding readers to a greater and more practical understanding of core issues. It also examines organizational goals, strategy, environments, culture, technology, power, conflict, leadership, change, and many other issues affecting sport managers.

This new edition provides readers with opportunities to discover sport organization theory in practical terms and to apply the knowledge in real-world situations. It engages readers in the many different areas in which organizational theory occurs; it also recognizes the dynamic, increasingly sophisticated sport industry, both in academic and applied settings. Understanding Sport Organizations: The Application of Organization Theory, Second Edition, is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Organization Theory and the Management of Sport Organizations

Why Sport Managers Need to Understand Organizations and Organization Theory
Some Definitions
Ways to Look at Sport Organizations
State of the Art in Sport Management and Suggestions for Future Directions
Format of the Book
Format of Each Chapter

Chapter 2. Doing Research in Sport Management

The Research Process
Theoretical Framework
The So-Called Qualitative-Quantitative Research Debate
Research Design
Data Collection Methods
Data Analysis Methods
Quality Issues
The Write-Up

Chapter 3. Organizational Goals and Effectiveness

Importance of Understanding Organizational Goals and Effectiveness for Sport Managers
Organizational Goals
Effectiveness or Efficiency
Approaches to Studying Organizational Effectiveness

Chapter 4. Dimensions of Organizational Structure


Chapter 5. Design Options in Sport Organizations

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

Chapter 6. Strategy

What Is Organizational Strategy?
Levels of Strategy
Strategy Formulation and Implementation
Strategy and Structure
Strategy in Voluntary Sport Organizations

Chapter 7. Strategic Alliances

What Are Strategic Alliances?
Establishing Strategic Alliances
Managing Strategic Alliances

Chapter 8. Sport Organizations and Their Environments

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 9. Sport Organizations and Technology

What Is Technology?
Research on Technology and Organizations
Critiques of the Technology Imperative
Microelectronic Technologies
Relationship Between Technology and Organizational Structure

Chapter 10. Power and Politics in Sport Organizations

Strategic Choice
Power and Authority
Sources of Power
Organizational Politics
Power in Sport Management Research

Chapter 11. Managing Organizational Conflict

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

Chapter 12. Organizational Change

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 13. Organizational Decision Making

Defining Decision Making
Conditions Under Which Decisions Are Made
Approaches to Understanding Decision Making

Chapter 14. Managing Organizational Culture

What Is Organizational Culture?
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 15. Leadership and Sport Organizations

Trait Approach
Style or Behavioral Approach
Contingency or Situational Approach
Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
The Critique of Leadership and Some Suggestions for Leadership
Research in Sport Management

About the Authors

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