The EURAM “Managing Sport” SIG aims to:

  • Promote research and education in the fields of sports business and management in Europe, with special emphasis on international comparisons.
  • Foster an understanding of the role of professionalisation and commercialisation of sport on European economy and society.
  • Encourage the exchange of research results, practical experience, and ideas by organising the annual EURAM track, facilitating symposia, workshops and other academic meetings for and on behalf of its members and affiliated institutions.
  • Support the development of international research collaborations with other Academies of Management and Sports Management Associations.
  • Disseminate research results through a variety of channels


SIG Chairs

Harald Dolles (Molde University College, Norway and University of Gothenburg, Sweden) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anna Gerke (Audencia Business School, France) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sten Söderman (Stockholm University, Sweden) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

James Santomier (Sacred Heart University, USA) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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GT 08_00 Managing Sport General Track 

Sport today has developed into a major industry in the global market place. Sport businesses build global brands and, increasingly, develop various modes of international operation. The trade around the globe of sporting goods, sports equipment, as well as the construction of sports complexes and arenas has developed into a multi-billion dollar business. Further, the proliferation of information technology has made it possible to serve the needs of fans all over the world. Within this, the opportunities for the promotion of sport, and the benefits for sport and its partners, are even more increasing.

Research on sports however reveals a number of distinctive characteristics, which may influence the way in which value is created in this industry. Sports events have uncertain outcomes; evoke strongly emotional responses from spectators, which result often in an intense, sometimes unexpected, loyalty.

The EURAM 2016 general track on ‘Managing Sport’ seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the unique development in sports, its logic of co-creation of value and the advancement of the industry towards internationalisation, professionalisation, and commercialisation. The track aims to cover all management functions.



ST 08_01 Sport Governance

Many challenges in sport are linked to how sport and sports organisations are governed. The position, perceptions, influence and characteristics of decision-makers in sports organisations are examples of sport governance research topic. How to constitute a competent and motivated board in volunteer not-for-profit sport organisations when relying on the goodwill of unpaid directors? What are the dynamics, coalition and power games leading to changes in the repartition system of TV rights sold collectively? How do sport organisations deal with tensions between different stakeholders / conflicting logic (e.g. amateurism vs. professionalism / commercialisation)? What have been the changes in the organisation form of clubs, Leagues, and governing bodies over the last decades, and how can they be explained? What are the links, if any, between legal structure / governance form / ownership form and sporting performance or economic performance? What are the impacts of commercialisation and professionalization on sport governance? What is the effectiveness of licensing measures, such as the UEFA Financial FairPlay Regulations? How did such innovations come to exist? Who and maybe what govern sport at local, national and international levels?

We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that address issues on sport governance, institutional change, board management, organisational performance and CSR in sport at any level (amateur and professional sport clubs, national and international governing bodies, team or individual sports). 

ST 08_02 Managing sport events and sport event tourism

Events are universal and they occupy a special place in all societies and cultures. The number of events is still on the increase, leading to competition about resources and attendants. Event bankruptcies occur, and hybrid crossovers of event design are being developed to make the events sustainable, unique and to attract new participants. Increasingly, hosting and managing a successful event represent a number of unique management challenges, among which cooperation is a must.

The track examine the nature and scope of event management studies and related disciplines by demonstrating what is unique and challenging about event management and related cooperation issues.



T 08_03 Sport Innovation

Sport innovation involves the creation of something new, which can be in the form of an idea, skill, product, process, service or technology. Sport innovation helps improve individual performance, organizational effectiveness and society well-being. The aim of this track is to introduce a wider view of Sport Innovation as a method to create value in the sports context by focusing on research that studies innovation processes that are related to sport in practice. This will help develop Sport Innovation as a stream of research that explores the mechanism for promoting innovation in the sport management area.