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3Case Study: Sports Management

CAse Study: sports management

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Case study 8.1 (The Leading Teams Phenomenon)

1. What might be some of the signs in organization’s performance that might trigger a decision to engage in a process such as that provided by Leading Teams?

An organization characterized by the lack of team development might seek the services of the leading teams to help them in the facilitation of the same. An organization in leadership crisis might also seek the services of the services of the Leading teams to help in leadership development. Leadership development is one of the areas that the leading teams address. It will be thus appropriate for such organizations to seek the help of the leading teams (Hackman 2002).

2. What might be some of the reservations players might have about engaging in such a process?

The process comes with various responsibilities that most people dread. The fear of being accountable and having to do more roles and responsibilities is another setback. In as much as people are given the opportunity to become leaders and participate in performance reviews, the work that comes with the role is a bit scares them. The process may also provide the players with tools in the development of dynamics within the group and also creates a shared vision, behaviours, and expectations, which happens to be outside their comfort zone.

3. What are the potential problems or benefits for organizations in seeking to develop leaders at every level of their organizations?

Leaders developed by the Leading Teams are subject to criticism as critics argue that leaders produced by these services are just but counterproductive of good performance. The organizations, however, benefit from the holistic development of its members. The cultural development, communication development, and leadership capacity at all levels of the organization form the basis for the institution’s excellence as they help the organizations to perform efficiently.

4. Do sports organizations have to seek external expertise to help them develop their leaders? Why can’t they develop them themselves?

It is important for sports organizations to seek the expertise in developing their leaders. Unlike sports managers who a time are only specialized in sporting aspects of life, leading teams help players to develop both as a person and also as a player. Developing all these aspects is important in leadership. The organizations are incapable of developing their leaders alone since the three areas; the organizations do not adequately address culture change, team development and leadership development, vital for leadership (Hart & Uhr 2008).

Case study 13.1 (Governance reform in Australian Football)

1. Why did the Australian federal government initiate the 2003 Review into the governance of football in Australia?

The review looked into the causes of deterioration of football in the country. The review came as a result of the two decades crises which saw Soccer Australia in an AUS$2.6 million debt in mid-2002.The period was also characterized by understaffing of the sport governing bodies at the national level, political differences, lack of a proper strategic plan and mixed results from the international arena.

2. What were the reasons for the FFA was subject to a further review in2011?

The 2011 report was meant to ensure that the Australian football is in a position to deliver the best possible in AFC Asian Cup in Australia by 2015. The main reason for the review was to focus on the AFC Asian Cup (Millward 2011). It was also mandated to examine the structures and resources necessary for continued development of football in the country.

3. Compare the Crawford Review of 2003 with the 2011 report into of the Scottish Football Association. What are the similarities and differences are there in the governance and structural issues of these two football governing bodies?

The Crawford review of 2003 did examine the structure, governance and soccer management at all levels in the country. The 2011 report, on the other hand, looked at the structure of football in Australia; its principal focus was the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. It also touched the resources necessary for the successful of football in the country. The reviews shared a common front by attempting to reform the governing bodies and the football structure (Millward 2011).

4. Why did the governing bodies of sport seem to be in perpetual state of review, in particular in areas of governance and structure?

The governing bodies appear to be in constant review since the failing of the sporting activities in the country were highly attributed to bad governance and poor structures of the regulatory agencies. The two reviews dwelt at length on the restructuring the bodies that govern soccer in the state. The bodies were blamed for the declining sporting activities in the country. It became apparent that reforms were necessary for these governing organs for football develop in Australia (Hoye, Smith, Nicholson and Stewart 2015).


Hackman, J. R. (2002). Leading teams: Setting the stage for great performances. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press.

Hart, P. ., & Uhr, J. (2008). Public leadership pespectives and practices. Acton, A.C.T: ANU E Press.

Hoye, R., Smith, A.C., Nicholson, M. and Stewart, B., 2015. Sports management: principles and applications. Routledge.

Millward, P. (2011). The global football league: Transnational networks, social movements and sport in the new media age. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.