The SAGE Handbook of Sport Management draws together the best current research on the major topics relevant to the field of sports management, including leadership, gender, diversity, development, policy, tourism, and media. Edited by two of the most respected figures in the field, the handbook includes contributions from leading sport management academics from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, the UK and Europe. The key themes and debates of sport management are organized across three sections: sport management fundamentals and key concepts sport management challenges and issues sport management futures.

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure
Danny O'BrienLisa Gowthorp

This chapter reviews the concept of organizational structure, identifies its basic tenets, provides examples of the unique features of the design of sport organizations, and summarizes the research findings on organizational structure in sport. The chapter presents a summary of principles for managing organizational structure within various types and levels of sport organizations and articulates current developments in the use of contemporary organizational structures to drive performance in sport organizations.

The concept of organizational structure

The structure of an organization is a primary aspect of the implementation of strategy and how the organization ultimately functions in terms of information flows, decision-making and power distribution. Due to its centrality to senior management's ability to implement strategy and achieve change, Carpenter and Sanders ...

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