Management in sport for development: examining the structure and processes of a sport diplomacy initiative
by Marlene A. Dixon; Arden J. Anderson; Robert E. Baker; Pamela Hudson Baker; Craig Esherick
International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing (IJSMM), Vol. 19, No. 3/4, 2019

Abstract: Sport continues to demonstrate an important role in bolstering the development of diplomatic, peace-building efforts through sport for development and peace (SDP) initiatives. Although many have claimed strong outcomes from their programs, these assessments rely on largely anecdotal evidence to support these claims. In particular, the literature has provided evidence of effectiveness for SDP programs, yet lacked the capacity to link specific active or passive program components to the outcomes and to frame those outcomes both theoretically and practically. Thus, the purpose of this study was to conduct a theoretically guided case study of an SDP program and its activities to help support the analysis of mechanisms and processes toward program effectiveness. Based upon this analysis, theoretical implications and suggestions for future research and practice are discussed.

Online publication date:: Wed, 22-May-2019

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