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Human Resources in Sports
A Managerial Approach

Author(s): Bonnie Tiell, DSM, Professor of Management, Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio
Kelley Walton, JD, SPHR, Instructor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • ISBN-13: 9781284102659
  • Product With Access Code    538 pages      © 2018
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Every new print copy of Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach includes access to the Navigate Companion Website.

Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach uses a practitioner approach to address human resource practices and trends in a fast-paced industry composed of full-time, part-time, seasonal, and volunteer labor. Drawing on the real-world sports experiences of the author and contributors, the text opens with coverage of foundational knowledge for human resource practices before delving into practical applications for staffing, supervision, and addressing selected workplace issues and industry trends.

Every chapter incorporates an array of special features, including  case studies, profiles, global spotlights, discussion topics, and applied activities that emphasize the fusion of human resource management and sports. An ideal fit for students enrolled in an upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level course, the text’s rich features that lead them through a journey of both practical and applied knowledge of best practices in the industry.

Features & Benefits

  • Industry Voices - Each chapter begins with a quote from a professional providing his or her viewpoint on aspects of human resources in sports. For example, Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President for Football Operations, comments on the importance of performance counseling while Dr. Janice Hilliard, former NBA Vice President for Player Development, addresses employee training.
  • Action Shots - Action shots include a wide range of vignettes and examples of human resources in practice at sports organizations on topics such as workers compensation in the NFL, the applicability of Family Medical Leave in Intercollegiate Athletics, interview protocol for candidates applying to Under Armour, the role of analytics described by executives of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, and components of the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement for the MLB.
  • Case Studies - Cases explore real-world human resource-related scenarios and issues in sports organizations such as the union attempt by Northwestern University football players, an analysis of organizational culture through the eyes of a transgender strength and conditioning coach, and training protocol for associates working in select adidas stores in Romania.
  • Global Spotlights - Global spotlights serves to reinforce a managerial approach to addressing issues and controversies in human resources, regardless of the size and location of sports organizations. For example, global spotlights include the application of Mintzberg's managerial roles to Iranian Sport Federation executives, an overview of strategic human resource planning in Canada's Archery Federation, and an analysis of a Nike Employment Discrimination lawsuit in Europe

Applicable Courses

Written for the upper-level undergraduate or graduate level course for students pursing a degree in Sports and Recreation Management.

Section  I  Pre-Season Planning
Chapter  1  X’s and O’s: Strategic Human Resource Planning in Sport Organizations
Chapter  2  Playing by the Rules: Employment Law and Compliance in Sport Organizations
Chapter  3  Hard Knocks: Negotiations in the Sport Industry
Chapter  4  Show Me the Money: Compensation and Benefits Administration in Sport Organizations
Section  II  Pre-Game Staffing: Line-ups and Match-ups
Chapter  5  Roster Changes: Preparing for Vacancies in Sport Organizations
Chapter  6  The Grind: Recruiting in Sport Organizations
Chapter  7  Blue Chippers and Bench Warmers: Screening and Selecting Employees in Sports Organizations
Section  III  Game Time: Executing a Winning Performance
Chapter  8  Practice Makes Perfect: Training and Development in Sports Organizations
Chapter  9  Game Changers: Staff Supervision and Leadership
Chapter  10  Clutch Play: Motivation and Performance Management in Sports Organizations
Chapter  11  Time Out: Performance Counseling and Conflict Resolution in Sports Organizations
Section  IV  Post-Game Extras: Preparation Never Ceases
Chapter  12  A Must-Win Ballgame: Diversity and Inclusion in Sports Organizations
Chapter  13  The Final Huddle: Selected Workplace Issues
Chapter  14  Eying the Future: Professional Development and Career Trends in Sports

Bonnie Tiell, DSM-Professor of Management, Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio

Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Professor of Management at Tiffi n University and a national faculty member of the U.S. Sports Academy, has been recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletics administration and global sports. She coordinates the Olympic Academic Experience (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio, and 2020 Tokyo) and works with members of the World Olympians Association to supervise educational programs and a humanitarian project in conjunction with the Olympic Games. She has presented research, taught, or collaborated on sports projects on five continents and has authored dozens of manuscripts. She is a co-founder of the Women’s Leadership Symposium (WLS), an educational program sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Women Leaders in College Sports to attract, retain, and advance females in intercollegiate athletics. At Tiffin University, Tiell has served as dean of graduate education, NCAA faculty athletic representative, MBA chairperson, senior woman administrator, assistant athletic director, and head coach for volleyball, softball (national qualifier 1993), and tennis (national qualifier 2003). She earned a Bachelor of Education from Troy University, a Masters in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and a Doctorate in Sport Management and Human Resources from the U.S. Sports Academy, where she was recognized as the 2014 Alumnus of Year. Recognized twice for the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (2008 and 2016), Tiell is also a member of the Tiffin University Athletic Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2013 NCAA II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) Donahue Service Award. In 2016, she was named Woman of the Year in Sports on behalf of the Cleveland Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). She has taught for the Tiffin University executive MBA program in Bucharest, Romania, and on behalf of the U.S. Sports Academy, she was the lead faculty for the 2017 International Sport Management Certification Program in Bangkok, Thailand. Tiell and her husband (Greg) reside in Tiffin, Ohio, where she operates Tiell Total Sports, LLC, and contributes a monthly sports column for The Advertiser-Tribune newspaper. 

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Kelley Walton, JD, SPHR-Instructor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Kelley Walton, JD, SPHR, is a part-time instructor in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University. She is also an attorney and consultant specializing in career counseling and human resources in the sports industry. Walton also teaches as an adjunct instructor/lecturer at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, Capital University, and Ohio Dominican University. Prior to working in academics, she was the director of human resources for the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL). She has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

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