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Sharp, clear and relevant this book meets the needs of those studying and researching within the growing discipline of sport management.

The intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a concise overview of the key concepts in the field guiding you through the important debates, sources and research methods in the management and delivery of sport.

The book introduces readers to the concepts at the centre of their studies; it suggests relevant further reading and thoughts for future research and applies academic theory to business and organizational problems in a real-world context.

Written for students, academics and practitioners the entries are designed to meet study needs and include: Clear Definitions; Comprehensive Examples; Practical Applications; Effective Research Methods


The concept of leadership is one with ‘universal appeal’ (Northouse, 2007: 12) and has been examined extensively in the mainstream management literature. We consider the large diversity of research and perspectives of leadership to give the reader an appreciation of the many ways this concept has been viewed. Early research depicted leadership as a trait, suggesting that good leaders are born with distinctive qualities that enable them to lead. This ‘trait approach’ was one of the first systematic attempts to study leadership and was used to study the ‘innate’ characteristics of leaders (see for example, Bass, 1990; ...

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