Research Handbook on Sport Governance
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Research Handbook on Sport Governance

Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Sports governance has developed into a considerable field of research, and has piqued many researchers’ interest worldwide. What’s more, recent scandals that have affected the world of sport can be directly related to misgovernance. Research Handbook on Sport Governance aims to gather the state-of-the art research on sports governance. It offers a vital reference point for advancing research on the matter, while illustrating different approaches and perspectives, such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance.
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Chapter 27: Board dynamics in nonprofit sport organizations: contemporary research directions

Shannon Kerwin and Alison Doherty

Abstract

With a focus on volunteer board member role identity, intergenerational board diversity, and contemporary leadership issues, the chapter outlines current trends in theory and research that lead to directions for future investigation regarding board dynamics in nonprofit sport organizations. With regard to role identity, the authorsrecommend the exploration of the salience of identity for board members, and the potential correlates of this influential social phenomenon. Discussing intergenerational diversity, theyhighlight the need to examine the forces, impact, and policies around managing individuals from different generations who serve on nonprofit sport boards. Within contemporary leadership, theyconsider shared, servant, and values-based leadership and identify these as types of leadership that are increasingly relevant in nonprofit sport organizations and thus warrant investigation in this context. Finally, the authorsreflect on the relevance of considering the intersection among these topics, to develop a strong theoretical understanding of board dynamics in non-profit sport organization governance.

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