Social inclusion in sports clubs across Europe: determinants of social innovation

Joris Corthouts, Eric Thibaut, Christoph Breuer, Svenja Feiler, Matthew James, Ramon Llopis-Goig, Szilvia Perényi, Jeroen Scheerder

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Based on the multi-dimensional framework of Damanpour and Schneider [2006. “Phases of the Adoption of Innovation in Organizations: Effects of Environment, Organization and Top Managers 1.” British Journal of Management 17 (3): 215–236], the purpose of this study is to identify the managerial, organizational and environmental determinants of social innovation, depicted in terms of the amount of special initiatives initiated for specific target groups. while considering the initiative's type (i.e. administrative versus technical). A lognormal double hurdle model, on a sample of approximately 5000 voluntary sports clubs (VSCs) from 9 different European countries, indicates significant effects for each level. In particular, positive managerial attitudes and public support through both financial and infrastructural resources are important predictors for a VSC to adopt special initiatives towards a target group. Furthermore, differences between determinants of administrative and technical initiatives are found. These results call for measures in terms of resource support from sports policy-makers at European, national and regional levels, along with the need for VSCs to meet the demands from neglected target groups.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInnovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Pages (from-to)21 - 51
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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    Breuer, C. & Feiler, S.


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