Organisation theory and sport management

Milena Parent, Daniel O'Brien, Trevor Slack

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Why would you want to know about organisation theory? Well, look around you. We live in a world that is full of organisations of different sizes, types, and goals. Sport organisations, of course, are no exception. Most of you will likely work in some type of organisation(s) now or in the future, notwithstanding the fact that the university or college you now attend is also a type of organisation. But why should a sport manager be concerned with organisation theory?The analogy of a car is useful here. Many of us know how to drive a car, but relatively few of us know what to do when it breaks down! So what do we do? We lift the hood and look at the motor. Again, relatively few of us know what we're looking at. We might take a stab at a quick fix, but are never really sure if we've sorted out the problem. Sometimes we might even ignore the problem, hoping it will go away. More often than not, this leads to a worsening of the situation. Eventually, the car breaks down altogether and is rendered useless and in need of costly servicing or, worse, total destruction. Now think of a sport organisation. What is the manager's role when something goes wrong? Of course, s/he is expected to know how to solve organisational problems as and when they arise. But how many sport managers know exactly what to do when they 'lift the hood' on their organisation? A basic grounding in organisation theory arms the sport manager with this knowledge, and helps us to recognise the symptoms of potential organisational problems before they actually arise, thereby keeping our sport organisations on the road' and running efficiently.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging sport business
EditorsLinda Trenberth, David Hassan
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780415570282
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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