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
Date Written: February 16, 2016
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
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