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The need to apply new theories to “Sport CSR”

Roger Levermore (Department of Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Neil Moore (Chester Business School, University of Chester, Chester, UK)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 7 April 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to highlight how critical theory and political CSR might be applied to deepen our examination of the complexities associated with ‘sport CSR’. The debate on the use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the sports industry is starting to move beyond “mapping the territory”, which characterized the initial examination of this new direction in CSR. This viewpoint suggests that it is time for “sport CSR” to turn to a range of CSR perspectives found in mainstream management debates as they are under-applied at the moment.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper examines the current state of research in sport CSR and offers a discussion on the possible ways to apply two under-utilised mainstream perspectives – political CSR and critical CSR – to sport CSR.

Findings

A review of literature highlights how sport CSR has tended to pay insufficient attention to the maladies, dilemmas and broader structural concerns and political ramifications associated with sport CSR. This means that other viewpoints noted and applied in this journal, such as “critical CSR” and political CSR are largely neglected.

Originality/value

The value of this article lies in highlighting how critical theory and political CSR might be applied to deepen our examination of the complexities associated with “sport CSR”.

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Citation

Levermore, R. and Moore, N. (2015), "The need to apply new theories to “Sport CSR”", Corporate Governance, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 249-253. https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-09-2014-0113

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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