Title: Sport entrepreneurship: challenges and directions for future research

Authors: Vanessa Ratten

Addresses: Deakin Graduate School of Business, Deakin University, 70 Elgar Road Burwood Victoria, Australia

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to structure the existing and emerging field of 'sport entrepreneurship' as well as to develop suggestions for future research. This paper examines the role of the sports entrepreneur and entrepreneurial process in new venture creation projects. This paper contributes to a general understanding of entrepreneurship in the sports context and suggests how further theoretical and empirical work on entrepreneurship needs to be conducted in the sports context. The major managerial and practical implications of sports entrepreneurship in this paper are to develop more entrepreneurial thinking in sports-related ventures. This paper is the first to focus on the future potential of sports entrepreneurship in creating entrepreneurial ventures, thereby providing a strong theoretical foundation for future research work.

Keywords: sport entrepreneurship; venture capital; entrepreneurialism; entrepreneurial venturing; new ventures; sports industry; global environment; technological innovation; new venture creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2012.044819

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2012 Vol.4 No.1, pp.65 - 76

Available online: 08 Jan 2012 *

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