Sport Management Research—What Progress Has Been Made?

in Journal of Sport Management
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This paper discusses the quantity and quality of administrative/management research in sport and physical education. The historical foundations of sport management are reviewed followed by a brief analysis of selected textbooks, and masters and doctoral studies. A shift to a slightly more theoretical perspective of the textbooks was noted. Theses tended to reflect a more theoretical orientation during the post-1965 period. The bulk of the research was descriptive in design and was directed toward post-secondary institutions. A major emphasis was on leaders and leadership behavior. The conclusions suggest that future research should improve the theoretical base and strive to make the knowledge sensible and useful. Additionally, increased attention to noneducational organizations is recommended.

Address all correspondence to Garth Paton, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of New Brunswick, Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B., Canada E3B 5A3.

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