Sport Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
The first article titled ‘New ways of sports entrepreneurship in the university’ by Pablo Galvez-Ruiz, Antonio Jesus Sanchez Oliver, Moises Grimaldi Puyana, Jesus Fernandez Gavira and Jeronimo Garcia Fernandez discusses sport policy from an education perspective. This is important as education initiatives drive changes in sport policy. There has been an increase in entrepreneurship programs generally in universities due to the practical training they offer students. This article discusses how this trend is affecting sport education programs that instill an entrepreneurial mindset. The second article titled ‘Entrepreneurial growth in elite team sport SMEs in Finland’ by Aila Ahonen discusses sport policy through looking at high performance athletes. Much of the sport policy funding initiatives have gone towards strategically trying to enhance performance results at the upper echelons of sport. Thus, this article makes an interesting contribution to the literature by focusing on entrepreneurial initiatives are affecting elite team sports. The third article titled ‘How to detect potential sport intrapreneurs? Validation of the intrapreneurial intention scale with sport science students’ by Maria Huertas Gonzalez-Serrano, Ferran Calabuig Moreno, Irena Valantine and Josep Crespo Hervas focuses on measuring entrepreneurship through individual dispositions. This helps to understand how sport policy can focus on encouraging more people to take an entrepreneurial approach. The emphasis in the article is on understating the intention of sport students to be entrepreneurial. The fourth article titled ‘Global brands in soccer: Identifying low-risk business opportunities’ by Pedro Garcia del Barrio and Alice Paola Aguiar takes an econometric approach to measure the performance of soccer leagues. As soccer or football is the most popular sport in the world it is an important part of sport policy but less is known about how low risk opportunities are identified. Thus, the article contributes to a better understanding about how global brands develop ideas that are entrepreneurial but take a low risk approach. The fifth article titled ‘Interactions between financial efficiency and sports performance: Strategic data for a sustainable entrepreneurial approach of European football clubs’ by Dina Miragaia, Alexandre Carvalho, Joao Ferreira and Vanessa Ratten focuses on the financial performance of football clubs. Taking a European perspective the article analyses the impact of institutional policy on sport. The sixth article titled ‘Does the organizational climate predict the innovation in sport clubs?’ by Juan Nunez-Pomar, Paloma Escamilla-Fajardo and David Parra-Camacho takes an organizational perspective to understanding sport entrepreneurship. This is innovative as it focuses on the organizational climate and its impact on innovation. The seventh article titled ‘The universal transformational management framework (UTMF): Facilitating entrepreneurship in and through sport to leave no one behind’ by Catherine Carty, Una Moynihan and Breda O’Dwyer focuses on social responsibility and its effect on sport policy. The eighth article titled ‘Intentions of entrepreneurship in sports science in higher education: Gender moderator effect’ by Moises Grimaldi Puyana, Pablo Galvez-Ruiz, Jeronimo Garcia Fernandez and Antonio Jesus Sanchez Oliver discusses the impact of sport entrepreneurship on gender. More sport policy is focusing on gender equality so this article makes an interesting contribution to the literature. The ninth article titled ‘Sports sponsorship: Scientific coverage in academic journals’ by Jose Alvarez-Garcia, Claudia Patricia Maldonado-Erazo, Amador Duran-Sanchez and Maria de la Cruz Del Rio-Rama discusses the role sport sponsorship has on policy. The tenth article titled ‘Exploring service quality and its behavioral consequences in sports spectating sector’ by Konstantinos Koronios, Athanasios Kriemadis and Andreas Papadopoulos discusses the impact of the service sector on sport policy. The eleventh article titled ‘Sport entrepreneurship and public policy: Future trends and research developments’ by Vanessa Ratten concludes the special journal article by making some suggestions for future research and policy trends.
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