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Applied Sport Management Skills uses the four management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to teach readers how to become strong leaders and managers in the world of sport. This book, along with its companion Web site and online student resource, provides a comprehensive overview of management topics with a unique focus on developing the necessary skills for managing sport organizations.

The text's how-to approach helps students learn by putting into practice what they will be doing as sport managers—including creative problem solving, strategic planning, and developing the skills to lead, organize, and delegate. By taking principles and concepts presented in the text and applying them to professional practice, students will be able to assess how their interests and skills can contribute to the growing sport management field.

Filled with various exercises and real-world examples, Applied Sport Management Skills contains valuable tools to help students understand leadership and management in the sport industry:

-Chapter-opening scenarios, revisited throughout each chapter, provide a cohesive thread to keep students focused on how sport managers use the text concepts on the job. Each chapter also includes several application examples from a variety of sport organizations.

-Case studies in each chapter help students apply their newly gained knowledge to real-life situations.

-Time-outs encourage students to relate chapter concepts to their own experiences through brief assignments and questions.

-Self-assessment exercises enable students to better understand themselves and to determine their strengths and areas of improvement.

-Skill-building exercises provide students with the opportunity to develop skills they can use in their personal and professional lives.

-Application and skill-development sidebars, learning outcomes, key terms, and chapter summaries reinforce key points covered in the chapter.
Applied Sport Management Skills includes an extensive instructor guide, test bank, and PowerPoint presentation package to assist instructors with class preparation and presentation and engage students in the material. A companion online student resource (OSR) allows students to use the learning activities from the text in a dynamic and interactive setting. Many activities in the OSR can be filled out, printed, and handed in to the instructor, whereas others provide immediate “correct” or “incorrect” feedback to students. Additional features found only in the OSR include related Internet resources and questions that test students' ability to gather information from sport-related Web sites.

Applied Sport Management Skills provides readers with a thorough understanding of the management principles and concepts used in sport organizations and the challenges that managers face. This understanding is enhanced by the application of that knowledge and by the focus on developing management skills, allowing students to build a solid foundation toward a fulfilling career in sport management.

Includes an online student resource!

To assist students using the text, Applied Sport Management Skills has a companion online student resource (OSR.) Completely integrated with the text, the OSR allows students to experience content through multiple dimensions. Students will receive free access to the OSR with the purchase of a new text, or it may be purchased as a separate component.

The companion OSR is a dynamic and interactive tool that allows students to comprehend and practice information presented in the text with a variety of learning activities:

-Time-out sections are one- or two-sentence assignments that require students to think about the material and apply it to a work or sport situation.

-Application exercises reinforce the material from the chapter through the use of a short series of questions and a bank of answers to choose from.

-Review and discussion questions require students to synthesize the material from the chapter and help them fully comprehend the information.

-Self-assessments are interactive exercises that provide insight into students' management styles.
The OSR also provides additional learning material, including related Internet resources and questions that test students' ability to gather information from sport-related Web sites. Many activities in the OSR can be filled out, printed, and handed in to the instructor, whereas others provide immediate “correct” or “incorrect” feedback to students.

Access to the online student resource is available at

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736074353
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 603,952
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 3.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert N. Lussier, PhD, is a professor of management at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate sport management students for more than 15 years. He has also supervised sport internships and serves as an advisor for sport management research projects.

Dr. Lussier has authored nearly 300 publications, including texts in management, leadership, and human relations. He was an intercollegiate athlete and has coached at the college, high school, and youth levels. He works out daily and still competes in sports. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and six children.

David C. Kimball, PhD, is an associate professor of management and director of the sport management program at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Dr. Kimball teaches sport management and sport marketing courses and coaches and supervises Maccabi athletes each summer. He has an expansive network of friends and acquaintances in the sport management field; many of the case studies in this book arose from these relationships.

He loves being personally involved in sports and runs 30 miles a week while participating in Les Mills training. He also enjoys watching sports on TV.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction to Sport Management

Chapter 1. Managing Sports
The Sport Industry
What Is Sport Management?
What Does It Take to Be a Successful Manager?
What Do Sport Managers Do?
How Do Managers Differ?

Chapter 2. The Sport Industry Environment: Globalization, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Internal Environment
Quality in Sports
External Environment
Conducting Sport Business in a Global Environment
Ethics in Sport Management
Social Responsibility

Part II. Planning

Chapter 3. Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
Solving Problems and Making Decisions—an Overview
Step 1: Define the Problem or Opportunity
Step 2: Set Objectives and Criteria
Step 3: Generate Alternatives
Step 4: Select the Most Feasible Alternative
Step 5: Implement the Decision
Step 6: Control the Results

Chapter 4. Strategic and Operational Planning
Strategic and Operational Planning
Strategic Process
Analysis of the Environment
Setting of Objectives
Corporate-Level Strategy
Business-Level Strategy
Functional-Level Strategies

Part III. Organizing

Chapter 5. Organizing and Delegating Work
The Organizing Function
Organizational Design
Job Design
Organizing Yourself and Delegating Work

Chapter 6. Managing Change: Sport Culture, Innovation, and Diversity
Managing Change
Organizational Culture
Innovation, Quality, and The Learning Organization
Organizational Development

Chapter 7. Human Resources Management
HR Management Process and Department
Legal Environment
Human Resources Planning
Job Analysis
Attracting Employees
Developing Employees
Performance Appraisals
Retaining Employees

Part IV. Leading

Chapter 8. Behavior in Organizations: Power, Politics, Conflict, and Stress
Organizational Behavior
Politics in the Office and on the Field
Managing Conflict

Chapter 9. Team Development
Importance of Teamwork to Performance
Group Performance Model
Group Structure
Group Process
Stages of Group Development and Leadership Styles
Developing Groups into Teams
Getting to Better Meetings

Chapter 10. Communicating for Results
Understanding the Importance of Good Communication
Using Organizational Communications
Using Interpersonal Communication
Using the Channels
Sending Messages
Receiving Messages
Responding to Messages
Dealing with Emotional People

Chapter 11. Motivating to Win
Motivation and Performance
Motivating People
Putting Theory to Work Within the Motivational Process

Chapter 12. Leading to Victory
Behavior of Effective Leaders
Contemporary Perspectives
Contingency Leadership Models
Getting to Your Personal Style of Leadership

Part V. Controlling

Chapter 13. Controlling for Quality and Productivity
Quality and Control Systems
Control Process
Frequency of Controls
Financial Controls
Human Controls
Problem Employees

Chapter 14. Facilities and Events
Sport Facilities Management
Sport Event Management
Planning and Controlling Sports
Sales Forecasting Techniques
Scheduling Tools
Time Management

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