Corporate Social Responsibility in Professional Team Sports Organizations: An Integrative Review

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Professional team sports organizations (PTSOs) are highly influential in our society. They can both positively and negatively shape the public discourse around responsible norms of behavior. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on PTSOs’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) to develop a comprehensive understanding of current and future research direction in the field. Our analysis covered articles on CSR within PTSOs since 2007 and identified the publication year; geographical dispersion; journal type; sports contexts; social issues investigated; research approaches and methods; and how CSR was conceptualized, defined and theoretically supported. The findings indicate that CSR within PTSOs has primarily been investigated in community programs, using qualitative research methods and pragmatically conceptualizing CSR on the basis of return on investments to the organization in European and North American contexts. Our discussion provides a critical review of the literature before outlining avenues for future research and practice.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftJournal of Sport Management
Jahrgang32
Heft6
Seiten (von - bis)511-530
Seitenumfang20
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 11.2018

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