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Social responsibility by Australian football clubs in the 1890s

Abdel Halabi (Federation Business School, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia)

Journal of Management History

ISSN: 1751-1348

Article publication date: 22 March 2019

Issue publication date: 7 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the social responsibility (SR) by Australian football clubs during the late nineteenth century. While there has been some contemporary research linking SR with sporting clubs, there is a dearth of such studies in the historical context.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses a qualitative approach and in the absence of annual reports, relies on The Suburban newspaper narratives of club annual general meetings (AGMs). The National Library of Australia’s newspaper digitisation programme was used which is a unique archive in management research.

Findings

Even though it was well-known that football provided a social outlet for watching games, this paper found clubs also engaged in a number of SR-related activities that benefited many stakeholders and the surrounding communities.

Originality/value

Deficient in much of the history of Australian football is the SR that clubs displayed to their stakeholders. This paper lengthens the historical SR literature for sporting clubs, and provides rich and detailed evidence of SR. While Australian football club histories continue to highlight winning teams, premierships and major personalities, their SR contribution is also significant and extends to the foundation of the game.

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Citation

Halabi, A. (2019), "Social responsibility by Australian football clubs in the 1890s", Journal of Management History, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 384-400. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-10-2018-0054

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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