A Public Values Perspective
Edited by Peter Leisink, Paul Boselie, Maarten van Bottenburg and Dian Marie Hosking
Chapter 12: Corporate social responsibility and professional football clubs in the Netherlands: juggling value and values in a local context
Professional football clubs have long been considered as sports and financial entities. However, there is also a public dimension and social relevance to professional football clubs. Internationally, more and more clubs are carrying out social activities in their communities and, through these activities, which are mostly focused on education, participation and health (Babiak and Wolfe 2009; Van Eekeren and Dijk 2011; Van Eekeren et al. 2012), the clubs are not only targeting financial goals and sporting success on the field, but also social goals off the field. As such, it can be argued that professional football clubs are nowadays also managing social issues.
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