CSR in Sport


Governance and CSR Management in Sport, Special issue of Corporate Governance, Edited by Tim Breitbarth, Stefan Walzel, Christos Anagnostopoulos and Frank van Eekeren; Deadline 30 Apr 2014

Governance and CSR Management in Sport

Special issue call for papers from Corporate Governance

Guest Editors

Dr Tim Breitbarth, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Dr Stefan Walzel, German Sport University Cologne, Germany
Christos Anagnostopoulos, Coventry Business School, United Kingdom
Frank van Eekeren, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Special Issue Scope

The objective of this special issue is to publish high quality papers that promote the understanding of the conceptualisation and application of (good) governance and corporate social responsibility in sport organisations. In particular, the focus of this special issue is on theory-driven contributions.

Clearly, the manifestations of the international corporate governance and CSR debates need to be considered by modern sport managers and administrators. The increasing commercialisation of sport, its high media coverage and social resonance create new pressures on the democratic management of sport organisations and its sound governance. Because of the very strong link between sport organisations and their local/national/global stakeholder communities, CSR is obviously a central aspect for any sport organisations.

Arguably, CSR-oriented organisational strategies, activities and communication help sport organisations to be more robust and competitive, and less dependent on short-term sporting performance only. CSR-oriented processes are concerned less with what kind of goals are achieved, but how they are achieved. While the growing research literature concerning this area has been much focusing on descriptive accounts and the ‘content’ of CSR in sport, the focus of this special issue is on the integration with contextual and process aspects in particular.

Therefore, we are interested in both conceptual and empirical studies focusing on any level (e.g. amateur/professional and national/international sport organisations, team/individual sports, business/social/political domain) that draw on a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g. institutional theory, political theory, agency theory, signalling theory, resource/process management theory, discourse theory, critical theory), and in quantitative as well as qualitative methodological approaches.

Many questions remain around how, why and when sport is – arguably – unique for being a social-political and economic institution, and therefore suitable to be understood by the business principles and practices of CSR and good governance. Hence, possible topics for contributions include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

• A meta-analysis (review) of published research on the association between corporate governance/CSR and/in sport.
• The linkage between (corporate) governance/CSR theories and sport management. 
• The impact of changes in organisational governance and CSR on a particular organisations/sports.
• The (in-)dependence from political influences as a key basic elements of sport governance.
• The link between governance scandals (e.g. corruption, vote-fixing) and governance systems.
• Governance in non-profit sports organisations.
• Stakeholder tension and management decision-making in conflict situation.
• The implementation and compliance of good governance in international sport federations.
• CSR in sport organizations: strategic choice, agency and different ways to respond to organisational challenges.
• The effectiveness of licensing measures, such as the UEFA Financial FairPlay Regulations.
• The influence of commercial partner on sport governance systems.
• Critical reflection on the commercialisation of the acknowledged educational and integrative values of sport.
• The implementation and performance measurement of CSR.
• Value production through CSR and sport.

Contributions from all around the globe are welcome.

How To Submit

The submission deadline for this special issue is 30th April 2014. Publication is expected in Issue 1 of 2015.

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The format of the papers must follow the submission guidelines of the Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society. For further details, visit the following link: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=cg

Submissions will be handled through the journal’s online manuscript submission system, Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cg). Details of how to set up your own account on Manuscript Central are provided athttp://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=cg. When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to specify whether the manuscript is for a regular issue or one of the named special issues, so please select the Corporate Governance and Corporate Disclosure option to ensure your manuscript is considered for the correct issue. A standard double-blind review process will then be used to select papers for the special issue.

Please direct queries to the Guest Editors:

Dr Tim Breitbarth, tbreitbarth@bournemouth.ac.uk
Dr Stefan Walzel, walzel@dshs-koeln.de
Christos Anagnostopoulos, c.anagnostopoulos@coventry.ac.uk
Frank van Eekeren, f.j.a.vaneekeren@uu.nl

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