About this Research Topic
Many nonprofit sport organizations struggle to achieve and sustain the impact they desire within their community including national sport federations, community sport clubs, and nonprofits engaged in sport for development. Significant advances have been made in recent years in key areas including leadership, governance, organizational capacity, and innovation. There is growing understanding of the resource-based challenges facing different nonprofit sport organizations and an increasing appreciation of the link between the decision-making process and the attainment of meaningful outcomes. However, new pressures are continually emerging and re-shaping the decision-making process in the nonprofit sport sector. Understanding decision making within an era of uncertainty and innovation may have substantial impacts on nonprofit sport organizations for years to come.
Decision-making occurs at the individual, group, and organizational level, irrespective of the type of nonprofit sport organization. Understanding the factors involved internally in the organization that impact how decisions are rendered, as well as factors driving an individual’s decision making is critical to advancing knowledge on ways to enable more effective, efficient and impactful management of nonprofit sport organizations. Nonprofits are increasingly playing a significant role in society and in many countries the largest subgroup of nonprofits are those focused on sport. Managers of nonprofits are increasingly facing a number of changing environmental circumstances, along with limited internal resource profiles while serving their underlying value-based missions. Nonprofit sport organizations have the potential for significant community reach and impact yet, many struggle to arrive at important outcomes due to difficult decisions related to how resources (e.g., human, financial, structural) are developed and managed.
In the wake of recent events, nonprofit sport organizations are facing profound impact and understanding the vital decisions regarding sport recovery and sustainability are of critical timing. Evidently, the processes by which decisions are rendered are not well understood. The implications for management at the individual, group and organizational levels can help generate insight on why certain organizations thrive while others struggle. An enhanced body of knowledge on decision-making can also highlight how nonprofit funders and policymakers can better support nonprofit sport organizations to serve local communities.
This Research Topic aims to inspire research on decision-making in nonprofit sport contexts across individual, group, and organizational levels. In particular, the purpose of this Research Topic is to encourage scholarly attention to how nonprofit sport leaders make managerial decisions about the mobilization, development, and deployment of resources and capabilities to serve their mission. Decision-making by sport leaders, particularly during critical times of crisis and change, will have implications on the non-profit sport sector for years to come. Submissions are encouraged from various nonprofit sport contexts ranging from sport federations to community sport clubs to sport for development nonprofits. All research methodologies are welcomed.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• How do nonprofit managers make decisions related to resource acquisition and deployment strategies?
• What is the role of policy in the midst of crisis-based decision-making?
• What role do local communities have in decision-making processes?
• How do leaders make decisions about leadership styles and practices?
• How is the culture of an organization influenced by a leader’s decisions?
• How does the culture of an organization influence decision-making?
• How are capacity-building strategies selected and implemented?
• What role do governance structures and processes play in decision-making?
• How do external stakeholders influence decision-making?
• How does the relationship between volunteers and paid staff influence decision-making?
Keywords: Sport Management, Decision-making, Nonprofit, Resources, Impact
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