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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


Structure is a vital concept within organization theory and for understanding how organizations operate. As the reader will have realized when examining the other concepts, structure is related to, affects, and is affected by many aspects of organizations, such as goals, conflict, control and strategy. As a concept we often think of structure as the ‘hierarchy’ of an organization. However, this is but a single component of structure. In all there are three components that organization theorists have identified as comprising the structure of an organization, and these are complexity, formalization, and centralization.

Complexity is the extent to which an ...

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