11 Oct UPDATE: PDF of Trevor Slack’s keynote made available
Below you will find the abstract of the keynote which Trevor Slack, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta has presented at EASM 2014.
Trevor Slack is a professor emeritus in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. He held a position as a Canada Research Chair. He also taught organizational theory to MBA students in the University of Alberta’s business school. Trevor has previously held positions at De Montfort University in Bedford England where he was head of the school of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation. He also held a position as a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Corporate Strategy and Change, a research unit in the University of Warwick Business School.
Dr. Slack has published in all of the major sport management journals, he has also published nine books and he is currently working on an introductory text to sport management with his friend, Professor Bill Gerrard. Dr. Slack has published several book chapters, articles in refereed journals, been a consultant for Provincial and National sport organizations, published several book reviews and he has also received over $1,000,000 for his work on sport organizations. He has also published in such journals as Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioural Science, European Journal of Marketing and The Academy of Management Journal. He has spoken in China, Australia, South Africa, Lithuania, throughout Western and Eastern Europe, and throughout North America (usually as a keynote).
He has received awards for his work on sport organizations from the North American Society of Sport Management, European Association of Sport Management, The Canadian Administrative Sciences Association and the Academy of Management.
The PDF version of his keynote presentation is available here.
The social and commercial impact of sport, the role of sport management
In this paper I argue that those interested in the management of sport should discuss their research with leaders in management and sport management. They should also talk to practitioners to see what problems they are confronting.
Using the work of Gerrard (2004) and Andrews (2004) I suggest that the commercialisation of sport has been heavily influenced by media companies. I identify four social issues that have not been dealt with in the sport management literature or have just started to be addressed. These are: sport and environmental issues; the offshore production of sport equipment; the social responsibility of sport organisations; and the lack of research on the club and recreational leagues, which are the backbone of the sport delivery system.
I indicate that I am willing to work with people on any of these topics or any other sport management related topics. I do have several caveats with any help I give. I suggest that if you get sick like me it helps to have a supportive family. I conclude by saying that the management of sport has great potential but researchers must refer to other work that is related to the topic they are investigating.