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Subject: Academic frameworks to describe sports clubs as an organization?
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Asked by: chlpp-ga
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Posted: 26 Sep 2006 06:30 PDT
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Question ID: 768514
Business Administration students might know this one. I'm doing a
study about management information systems and I'm concentrating on
Sports Clubs.

I'm finding really hard to describe sports clubs and I don't really
know what frameworks and theories I should use in this study. So, my
questions is:

Which well known frameworks and theories you think I could use in this study?

A sports club can be a football club, basketball club, atheletics
club...etc. They are almost always non-profit organizations, so I
think it is possible to describe sports clubs by using frameworks of
non-profit organizations. And, since I'm trying to find out what kind
of information systems they have, it might be possible to apply some
management inforamation systems theories used with SMEs too, since
sports clubs are not always as big as General Motors.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 26 Sep 2006 14:16 PDT

There are a number of academic papers in management theory pertaining
to sports clubs.  I can list them for you, but you would need access
to an academica database (like JSTOR) in order to access them.

There is also a sort-of classic book on the topic:
The Management of Clubs, Recreation, and Sport: Concepts and Applications 

which you may be able to find in your library.

Would the list of papers serve as an answer to your question?


Clarification of Question by chlpp-ga on 27 Sep 2006 03:42 PDT
Yes, I'm also interested in non-professional clubs. But, I am not
asking about sports clubs only in USA, but sports clubs in general.


A list of papers would serve as an answer. It would be nice if you
could comment at least some of them. I'd also liek to see the names of
famous scholars in those papers.
Subject: Re: Academic frameworks to describe sports clubs as an organization?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 27 Sep 2006 04:58 PDT

Thanks for getting back to me.

There's certainly no shortage of information on the topic at hand. 
I've tried to select articles that go right to your topic, and that
reflect a diversity of club types, sports, geography, and even
history.  I think you also have a good cross-section here of some of
the key scholars in this field.

I trust these articles will fully meet your needs.  But if there's
anything else I can do for you, just let me know by posting a Request
for Clarification.



Revenue Sharing and Competitive Balance in Professional Team Sports 
Stefan KÚsenne 
Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, 56-65 (2000)
The Old Ball Game 
Organization of 19th-Century Professional Base Ball Clubs 
Matthew Baker 
Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 5, No. 3, 277-291 (2004)
...The first professional base ball clubs came in two varieties: stock
clubs, which paid their players fixed wages, and player cooperatives,
in which players shared the proceeds after expenses
The Financial Crisis in European Football 
Umberto Lago 
Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 3-12 (2006)
...This introduction reviews the financial crises in football in
several European countries, searches for common explanations of these
crises, and proposes a few solutions
Stochastic Frontiers and the Temporal Structure of Managerial
Efficiency in English Soccer
Peter Dawson, Stephen Dobson, and Bill Gerrard
Journal of Sports Economics, Nov 2000; 1: 341 - 362
Revenue Sharing and Competitive Balance: Does the Invariance Proposition Hold?
Journal of Sports Economics, Feb 2005; 6: 98 - 106
Stefan KÚsenne
The Evolving European Model of Professional Sports Finance
Journal of Sports Economics, Aug 2000; 1: 257 - 276
Wladimir Andreff and Paul D. Staudohar
The Effectiveness of Incentive Mechanisms in Major League Baseball
Journal of Sports Economics, Aug 2002; 3: 246 - 255
Joel G. Maxcy, Rodney D. Fort, and Anthony C. Krautmann
The Economics of Professional Sports Leagues: Some Insights on the
Reform of Transfer Markets
Journal of Sports Economics, May 2003; 4: 87 - 107
Spiros Bougheas and Paul Downward
A Corporate System Model of a Sports Club: Using Simulation as an Aid
to Policy Making in a Crisis
Roger I. Hall, William B. Menzies
Management Science, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan., 1983), pp. 52-64
Sports Management: A Guide to Professional Practice
By Aaron Smith, Bob Stewart
Pascal Chantelat 
International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 34, No. 1, 59-68 (1999)
...This article identifies different socio-economic approaches to
sport...based on three major disciplinary orientations: the economic
sociology of sport; the sociology of rational (sporting) choice; and
the economy of bounded rationality
Social Positioning and the Construction of a Youth Sports Club 
David Kirk 
International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 38, No. 1, 23-44 (2003)
...This article uses the concept of social positioning to explore the
construction of a youth sports club by young people, their parents and
Quality Management in Sports Clubs
Paul De Knop,
Sport Management Review, 2004, 7, 57?77
...with the background of the recently developed Instrument for the
Evaluation of Gymnastic clubs (IKGym), a more
generally applicable model for the evaluation of traditional sports
clubs has been developed. This evaluation tool, named IKSport, was
in 1,657 sports clubs.
Culture, Ethnicity and Sport Management: A New Zealand Perspective. 
David Thomas and Lorna Dyall, Sport Management Review, November, 1999,
Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 115-132
Reflective Practice in Sport Management. 
Allan Edwards, Sport Management Review, May, 1999, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 67-81
Football-as-War, Coach-as-General: Analogy, Metaphor and Management Implications. 
Pamm Kellett, Football Studies, April, 2002, Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 60-76
A New System of Big League Management 
Hugo Bezdek, Baseball Magazine, August, 1918, Vol. XXI, No. 4, p. 331-333
[Nice historical piece]
The Boys in the Back Room: The Management of a Professional Soccer Club. 
Charles P. Kerr, North American Society For Sport History. Proceedings
And Newsletter, 1982, p. 19-20
Management of the Olympic Games: the lessons of Sydney. (Sydney 2000) 
Jean-Loup Chappelet, Olympic Review, October-November, 2000, Vol.
XXVII, No. 35, p. 43-47
The complexities of managing future Olympic Games. 
Paul Emery, Salvatore Siviero, Olympic Review, April-May, 2000, Vol.
XXVI, No. 32, p. 37-39


Again, if there's anything else I can do for you, just let me know.


Request for Answer Clarification by chlpp-ga on 27 Sep 2006 05:30 PDT
Thank you for your great efforts! The list should cover the sports
clubs part. I'm still finding trouble finding information about
managent information systems for non-profit organizations (or even
better for sports clubs). Do think you could put a few more scolarly
articles about that?

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 27 Sep 2006 09:11 PDT

I'm happy to assist you further, but I'm not totally clear on what
you're after at this point.

Please have a look at this publication:

and let me know if it's on target or not, and what else you would like
to have regarding info systems.



Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 27 Sep 2006 10:18 PDT
...and here's another that might be useful:

Request for Answer Clarification by chlpp-ga on 28 Sep 2006 03:29 PDT here to
kind find what MIS is about. The research you made about sports clubs
was extensive, but I'd like to have few more articles about MIS's
benefits in non-profit organizations, like sports clubs.

very useful, thanks!

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 28 Sep 2006 04:59 PDT

Thanks...that helped me focus my research.

Here's a list of articles that seem to hit the nail on the head...let
me know if there's anything else you need.


Handbook for Management Information Systems for Microfinance Institutions
Creation of a Unified Management Information System for three NGOs in
the West Bank and Gaza
[Not specific to SMEs or NGOs, but a good academic overview just the same]
SME Flexibility and the Role of Information Systems,8,9;journal,23,25;linkingpublicationresults,1:106046,1
The Propagation of Technology Management Taxonomies for Evaluating
Investments in Information Systems
Evaluating information systems in small and medium-sized enterprises:
issues and evidence
Electronic commerce adoption: an empirical study of small and medium US businesses
The Dynamics of SME Information Systems
Recognising Alternative Rationalities in the Deployment of Information Systems
Information systems planning in small business: A stages of growth analysis
Organisational learning: research issues and application in SME sector firms

Request for Answer Clarification by chlpp-ga on 29 Sep 2006 13:30 PDT
Your last post had quite many articles about SMEs, how about
non-profit organization (excluding NGOs)?

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 29 Sep 2006 17:09 PDT
Sure do these look:
Key Information Systems Management Issues for the Public Sector
A Review of Models for Measuring Organizational Effectiveness Among
For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations
Decision making and knowledge management in inquiring
organizations: toward a new decision-making paradigm for DSS
Strategic IT applications in health care
Information management in public healthcare:
A Case of a Small Municipality Federation
Acquiring New Technology 
Comparing Nonprofit and Public Sector Agencies
Key Information Systems Management Issues for the Public Sector
Prescriptions for Public-Sector Information Management
Reinventing Government in the Information Age: International Practice
in It-Enabled Public Sector
Revisiting public information management for effective e-government services
Learning Organizations in the Public Sector? A Study of Police
Agencies Employing Information and Technology to Advance Knowledge
Organisational culture in the public sector: evidence from six organisations 

Let me know if there's anything else you need.

Subject: Re: Academic frameworks to describe sports clubs as an organization?
From: myoarin-ga on 26 Sep 2006 13:42 PDT
You might confirm that you are asking about about the organization of
sports clubs in USA (if true) and also that you are only interested in
non-professional clubs.

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