Anagnostopoulos, Christos, Byers, Terri and Shilbury, David (2014) Corporate social responsibility in professional team sport organisations: Toward a theory of decision-making. European Sport Management Quarterly, 14 (3). pp. 259-281. ISSN 1618-4742
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasingly important to business, including professional team sport organisations. Scholars focusing on CSR in sport have generally examined content related issues such as implementation, motives or outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to add to that body of knowledge by focusing on process related issues. Specifically we explore the decision-making process used in relation to CSR-related programs in the charitable foundations of the English football clubs.
Employing a grounded theory method and drawing on the analysis and synthesis of 32 interviews and 25 organisational documents, this research explored managerial decision-making with regard to CSR in English football.
The findings reveal that decision-making consists of four simultaneous micro-social processes (‘harmonising’, ‘safeguarding’, ‘manoeuvring’, and ‘transcending’) that form the platform upon which the managers in the charitable foundations of the English football clubs make decisions. These four micro-social processes together represent assessable transcendence; a process that is, fortified by passion, contingent on trust, sustained by communication and substantiated by factual performance enables CSR formulation and implementation in this organisational context.
The significance of this study for the sport management literature is three-fold: (a) it focuses on the individual level of analysis, (b) it shifts the focus of the scholarly activity away from CSR content-based research towards more process-oriented approaches and (c) it adds to the limited number of studies that have utilised grounded theory in a rounded manner.
|Subjects:||N - Business & administrative studies > N611 - Industrial relations|
|Schools:||Faculty of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Management|
|Deposited By:||Christos Anagnostopoulos|
|Deposited On:||22 Feb 2016 11:37|
|Last Modified:||20 Oct 2016 15:10|
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