A Critical Management Studies Approach to Sport Management Education: Insights, Challenges and Opportunities

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Sally ShawUniversity of Otago, New Zealand

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Wendy FrisbyUniversity of British Columbia, BC, Canada

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Sport management education has developed in a manner consistent with conventional management education, focusing on traditional instrumental performance measures and largely ignoring wider social considerations. We endeavour to contribute to the advancement of critical approaches in sport management education. While arguing for the benefits of a sport management education that addresses the complex social issues faced in sport, we provide illustrations of critical teaching in sport management, offering examples from personal pedagogical experience. We conclude with a discussion of pragmatic issues faced in adopting a critical orientation within sport management. Our aim is to provide an approach framed by critical thought that can be used to complement existing teaching paradigms to enhance and bolster the rigour and depth of teaching in sport management.

Address correspondence to: Sally Shaw, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, Dunedin 90954, New Zealand.
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