Yuhei Inoue, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sport Management
Contact Information

1900 University Ave SE

Cooke Hall 218
Minneapolis, 55455-0376


My research goal is to understand the ways through which sport produces positive social impact. For more information on my research, please visit my Google Scholar profile page or see my full curriculum vitae


Dr. Inoue’s primary research goal is to understand the ways through which sport produces positive impact to society. He has conducted research on this agenda in such settings as professional sport organizations, spectator and participatory sport events, and nonprofit sport programs. His secondary research goal is to address strategic management issues related to sport organizations, with a focus on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

Dr. Inoue's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Tourism Management, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Business Research.  In 2016, he was inducted as a Research Fellow for the North American Society for Sport Management.

Dr. Inoue currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Sport Management ReviewSport & Entertainment Review, and the Journal of Sport Management


Featured research projects:

Multi-lingual Systematic Literature Review of Sport Event Legacy

- Role of Sport Spectating in Older Adults' Social Connection

- Japan College Sport Research Project

Social Impacts of a Sporting Event in Cambodia

Corporate Social Responsibility in Professional Sports


In the news:

- Yuhei Inoue wins CEHD New Career Excellence Award for 2017 | Apr 25, 2017 

Prof. Yuhei Inoue featured in The Japan Times | Apr 7, 2017 

Award-winning book on sport management theory features chapters by Inoue, Kane, and Kihl | Mar 21, 2017

Moore and Inoue presenting research results to Minnetonka Senior Services | Feb 6, 2017

Inoue and partners featured in The Japan Times | Feb 2, 2017

Inoue to publish in Journal of Business Research | Jan 27, 2017

Kihl and Inoue awarded NASSM Research Fellow status at annual conference | May  31, 2016

-Inoue receives two prestigious awards | May 27, 2016

Ph.D., Business Administration, May 2011, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

M.A., Sport and Exercise Management, August 2007, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

B.A., Sociology, March 2005, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Selected Publications
  1. Inoue, Y., Sato, M., Filo, K., Du, J., & Funk, D.C. (in press). Sport spectatorship and life satisfaction: A multi-country investigation. Journal of Sport Management.

  2. Inoue, Y., Funk, D.C., & McDonald, H. (2017). Predicting behavioral loyalty through corporate social responsibility: The mediating role of involvement and commitment. Journal of Business Research, 75, 46-56. 

  3. Inoue, Y. (2016). Event-related attributes affecting donation intention of special event attendees: A case study. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 26(3), 349-366.

  4. Inoue, Y., Berg, B.K., & Chelladurai, P. (2015). Spectator sport and population health: A scoping study. Journal of Sport Management, 29(6), 705-725.

  5. Inoue, Y., Funk, D.C., Wann, D.L., Yoshida, M., & Nakazawa, M. (2015). Team identification and postdisaster social well-being: The mediating role of social support. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 19(1), 31-44.

  6. Inoue, Y., & Havard, C.T. (2014). Determinants and consequences of the perceived social impact of a sport event. Journal of Sport Management, 28(3), 295-310. 

  7. Inoue, Y., & Kent, A. (2014). A conceptual framework for understanding the effects of corporate social marketing on consumer behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 121(4), 621-633.

  8. Inoue, Y., Mahan, J.E., & Kent, A. (2013). Enhancing the benefits of professional sport philanthropy: The roles of corporate ability and communication strategies. Sport Management Review, 16(3), 314-325.

Selected Presentations
  1. Inoue, Y., & Heffernan, C. (2016, June). A qualitative assessment of social impact of a charity sport event in Cambodia. Paper presented at the 2016 meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management, Orlando, Florida.

  2. Anagnostopoulos, C., Inoue, Y., Kihl, L., & Babiak, K. (2016, June). An analysis of scholarly literature on CSR in sport: Looking back to move forward. Paper presented at the 2016 meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management, Orlando, Florida.

  3. Inoue, Y., Berg, B. K., Bowers, M. T., Chelladurai, P., Du, J., Kihl, L. A., Sato, M., & Warner, S. (2015, June). Management of sport for public health: Defining the field. Paper presented at the 2015 meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management, Ottawa, Canada.

  4. Inoue, Y., Wegner, C., Jordan, J.S., & Funk, D.C. Positive youth development through sport: Role of self-determined motivation (2014, September). Paper presented at the 2014 meeting of the European Association for Sport Management, Coventry, UK. 

  5. Inoue, Y., & Berg, B.K. (2014, May). The role of sport management in public health: A critical review. Paper presented at the 2014 meeting of the North American Society for Sport Management, Pittsburgh, PA.