U.S. Sport Management Programs in Business Schools: Trends and Key Issues

Sport Management Education Journal, Vol. 10, Iss. 1, 13-28, 2016

18 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2016 Last revised: 29 Jul 2016

Noni Zaharia

Saint Joseph's University - Haub School of Business; Florida State University

Anastasios Kaburakis

Saint Louis University - John Cook School of Business

David A. Pierce

Ball State University

Date Written: February 16, 2016

Abstract

The growth of sport management programs housed in (or with formal curriculum-based ties to) a school of business indicates more academic institutions are reconsidering sport management as a business-oriented field. Thus, research is necessary regarding benchmarking information on the state of these academic programs. The purpose of this study is to explore trends on administration, housing, accreditation, faculty performance indicators and research requirements, as well as salaries for faculty and alumni of such programs. Data was submitted by 74 department chairs and program directors employed in U.S. business schools featuring sport management programs. Results indicate that the majority of sport business programs are part of an interdisciplinary department, COSMA accreditation is largely viewed as redundant, and depending on business schools’ accreditation, variability exists concerning faculty performance measures and research impact, as well as faculty and alumni salaries. These findings suggest considerable progress of sport management programs within business schools.

Keywords: Business schools; higher education administration; business accreditation; faculty measures; research impact; salaries

JEL Classification: M00, M1, M2, M5

Suggested Citation

Zaharia, Noni and Kaburakis, Anastasios and Pierce, David A., U.S. Sport Management Programs in Business Schools: Trends and Key Issues (February 16, 2016). Sport Management Education Journal, Vol. 10, Iss. 1, 13-28, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2732939

Noni Zaharia

Saint Joseph's University - Haub School of Business ( email )

5600 City Line Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
United States

Florida State University ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

Anastasios Kaburakis (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University - John Cook School of Business ( email )

3674 Lindell Blvd 407
St. Louis, MO 63108-3397
United States

David A. Pierce

Ball State University ( email )

Muncie, IN 47306-0340
United States

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