Collected Insights from the Field of Sport

This series of topical books consists of papers written by participants of the AISTS postgraduate programme (the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration) and visiting professors. Being grounded in research, these books provide insights that can be utilised by sports administrators, universities and the public to engage the discussion on football and society, sustanability and legacy and governance in sport.  To learn more about the MAS programme click here

Volume 1: Football and Soceity

Whatever the news, football is widely followed and players have achieved almost religion status in many countries. Although the game itself is quite simple, its organisation, fan base and management have become very complex and as such the game is well developed, well promoted and well funded compared with other major sports. Football brings nations together but also divide. On one hand, issues related to hooliganism, racism, homophobia, gambling, violence and corruption within its management easily overshadow the game of football. On the other hand, football clubs are places where young people gather and partake in sports activities that are rewarding physically and mentally as well as foster social equity and the inclusion of minority groups.

This book is the first in its kind from the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) and provides practical insights in several aspects of the management of football. It does not provide a total solution to the many problems within the game but it aims to be a showcase of what can be achieved with the cooperation of academics and higher education participants.  Download here

Volume 2: Sustainability and Legacy

Sustainability and Legacy is the focus of this new volume, and contains six papers produced by AISTS’s Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology participants as part of their postgraduate degree.

The collection examines a number of recent challenges and themes, including:

  • Adopting the concept of creating shared value
  • Sports participation levels in host countries, pre-and post Games
  • Waste Management and environmental initiatives
  • Rio 2016 ‘s Four Olympic Zones Concept and its impact on legacy; and
  • Olympic Parks as a solution for legacy

With a number of wide-ranging recommendations proposed by the six authors, there is at least common consensus found across all papers.  In order for Sustainability and Legacy initiatives to succeed, they require top management commitment, integration into the organisational strategy as well as company wide buy-in.  Download here

Volume 3: Governance and Ethics

Governance and Ethics are two of the major topics under scrutiny in the sports industry today and the need of the hour for sport organisations is to adopt a multidisciplinary approach towards better governance practices, and eventually fostering a change in mindset. This publication features eleven research papers on the topics of Governance and Ethics in sports, covering areas like -

  • Corporate governance
  • Doping and medicine
  • Gender equality and para-sports
  • Integrity and mediation

The papers include works of students who published their research under supervision from academicians and experts in the field, and also publications directly from experts themselves. The contents of this publication could be utilised by academicians, sports administrators, sports teams, students and the general public to encourage discussions and learnings on governance and ethics in sports. Download here. 

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