Advancing the sport for development field: Perspectives of practitioners on effective organizational management

Na Ri Shin, Adam Cohen, Jon Welty Peachey

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the perspectives of SFD practitioners on how SFD organizations can be more effectively managed for sustainability and meaningful impact. With a goal to respond to the call that SFD research should reflect on its effectiveness and the managerial direction in which it is going, we engaged with a variety of SFD practitioners to seek out their voices as well as to illuminate their reflections on and inputs to the field. Thirty practitioners from 29 SFD organizations participated in the study. Practitioners' advice for effectively managing SFD organizations included enhancing sustainability, having a passion for sport and SFD, gaining experience before taking action, engaging in professional training, establishing academic partnerships, developing a professional and entrepreneurial mindset, and utilizing online resources. Practical implications, recommendations, and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-52
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sport for Development
Volume8
Issue number14
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • SFD management
  • SFD practitioners
  • Sport for development
  • Sport for development and peace
  • Suggestions from the SFD field

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