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Sport Leadership in the 21st Century, Second Edition

Author(s): Laura J. Burton, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
John F. Borland, PhD, Department of Sport Management and Recreation, Springfield College
Gregory M. Kane, PhD, Department of Health and Physical Education, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284149586
  • Navigate Essentials    450 pages      © 2020
  • Will Publish: 2/1/2019
Price: $89.95 US List
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All organizations need leaders to influence and motivate employees in working toward organizational goals and future success, and that includes sports organizations.  The Second Edition of Sport Leadership in the 21st Century provides students with the most current and comprehensive understanding of leadership in sport management. Authored and contributed by leading sport management researchers and practitioners, this text immerses students in the learning process through case studies, interviews with leaders in the sport industry, critical thinking questions, and rich content. Chapters have been developed to provide the latest research to help young professionals and sport management students become leaders in different areas of sport.

Sport Leadership in the 21st Century also emphasizes leadership in diverse organizations through the inclusion of chapters on gender, race, and disabilities.

Features & Benefits

  • NEW - Leadership Perspective boxes in each chapter contain new interviews with sports professionals who discuss their experiences and best practices they've learned.
  • NEW & UPDATED - Chapters feature new or updated case studies that bring real-world experiences to the classroom.
  • STUDENT FAVORITE - Questions for Discussion follow each case study and ask students to think critically about topics presented in the case.
  • REORGANIZED - Some chapters and content throughout the text has been reorganized to better improve the flow of material.

Applicable Courses

This text is appropriate for courses in Sport Leadership and Management within the departments of Sport Management, Health, Recreation, Business, Physical Education, and Kinesiology.

In addition, the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), the accreditation agency for sport management academic programs, includes leadership as one of the competencies that sport management programs need for accreditation approval. This text helps to fulfill the leadership knowledge competency required for sport management education.

Laura J. Burton, PhD-Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Laura J. Burton is an associate professor of Sport Management in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses in management, event management, and sport psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests focus on the underrepresentation of minority groups in leadership positions within sport organizations and how organizational culture and leadership influence change processes within sport organizations. Dr. Burton serves on the editorial boards of the Sport Management Education Journal and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.

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John F. Borland, PhD-Department of Sport Management and Recreation, Springfield College

John F. Borland is an assistant professor in the Sport Management and Recreation Department at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. He teaches courses in event management, sport communications, facilities management, and budgeting and finance. His primary research interests are gender and race in sport, and sport as a means for social change and development of marginalized groups.

Dr. Borland was awarded a NASSM Research Grant to conduct research with Street Soccer, a national organization that provides soccer opportunities for the homeless in more than 20 cities. He has made multiple presentations at North American Society for Sport Management conference along with presentations at the ISDPA Power of Sport Summit.


Gregory M. Kane, PhD-Department of Health and Physical Education, Eastern Connecticut State University

Gregory M. Kane is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Kane teaches courses in sport leadership and problem solving, research methodology in sport, and sociology of sport. His primary research areas are the psychosocial interactions and alerations with sport and physical activity.


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