Three Sport Business Doctoral Researchers to present at the European Sport Management Conference

Three of our Institute for Sport Business PhD students have been selected to present their papers at the European Sport Management Conference taking place in Malmö, Sweden in early September 2018.

Doctoral Researchers from the Institute for Sport Business, Daniel Read, Laura Bradshaw and Peter Sear, have all been selected to present their papers focusing on a range of topics in Sport Business at the European Sport Management Conference taking place later this year.

Daniel’s paper entitled ‘A Multi-Level Legitimacy Analysis of The World Anti-Doping Agency’ investigates the role of legitimacy management in anti-doping policy development. Focussing on the recent exposure of systematic doping in Russia, Daniel’s paper suggests that anti-doping policy is reactive to scandals and that anti-doping policy is prioritised according to certain stakeholder expectations.

Daniel is studying for a PhD in the Institute for Sport Business, and the paper came from his thesis which focusses more broadly on the development of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Laura’s paper explores a phenomenological study of organisational innovation in elite sport, offering a multiple case study of high performing organisations in sport, space and business. Laura’s paper suggests that innovation in sport is becoming increasingly necessary for organisations to gain a competitive advantage. Laura’s qualitative research investigates how high performing organisations are using innovation, through a multi-faceted view of an elite organisation and their unique ‘ways of doing things’ to improve performance.

Her research illustrates the importance of implanting innovation not only within the infrastructure, strategy, structure, systems and processes of an organisation but through embedding an innovative DNA through organisational values and vision. This enables employees to feel their professional contribution is the most important strand within this innovative DNA which ultimately makes up the organisations genetic code.

Laura is in her final year of a PhD in Sports Business Innovation, and her paper has been developed as part of her research which included visits to organisations such as NASA, The United Nations, Military Special Forces, FC Barcelona among other high-profile organisations.

Peter’s paper discusses 'Empathetic Leadership in Sport' - a topic that has been reported in other domains, but not, yet, in sport. Reported advantages of empathy in leadership include a positive influence on the emotional climate of a team or organisation, and Peter's research looks at this in relation to sport leadership.

Peter is studying for a PhD in the Institute for Sport Business, has a background in psychology and is interested in emotional environments within organisations, especially the influence of empathic leadership within sport.

Professor James Skinner, Director of the Institute for Sport Business, said:

“It is fantastic to see our Institute for Sport Business PhD students being selected to present at the EASM Conference. It is a testament to the quality of their research and their evolution as researchers. The Institute for Sport Business are fortunate to be represented by a high calibre group of students.”

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The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.