Sport Management Research

Sport Management is the business side of the sport industry that blends the unique aspects of sport with common business, marketing, management social and ethical principles.

Research projects
Corporate Social Responsibility Research

Lisa Kihl

Lisa A. Kihl, Ph.D., is a member of the 2014-2017 University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC) Community-engaged Scholars Program, a four-year, multi-disciplinary, cohort-based program offering a “learning community” paired with funding for community-engaged research. It is intended to build scholars’ capacity for community-engaged scholarship (CES), benefit communities, contribute to our knowledge about educational and health disparities, and catalyze institutional support for CES.

Global Institute for Responsible Sports Organizations

Lisa Kihl, Yuhei Inoue

The Global Institute for Responsible Sport Organizations (GIRSO) serves as a global hub for advancing sport organizations’ role in positively contributing to communities. It aims to become a global leader in generating and disseminating knowledge that transforms how sport organizations use their resources, core competencies, and networks to address the true social needs of the community.

Multi-lingual Systematic Literature Review of Sport Event Legacy

Yuhei Inoue

Every two years, the world turns its attention to one of the largest spectacles on earth: the Olympic Games. The host communities of these events spend millions of public funds on facilities, promotion, games operations, transport and hospitality infrastructure, and more. Event organizers and city officials often justify the high costs of hosting the Games by highlighting the legacies of the event (Chapellet, 2012). However, developing a universal definition of legacy has been unsuccessful (De Moragas Spa et al., 2003).

Sustainability Through Sport Initiative

Tiffany Richardson

The Sustainability Through Sport Initiative at the University of Minnesota bridges classroom opportunities with boots-on-the-ground experience for undergraduate students, and offers unique research opportunities to grad students. STS is poised to widen its reach in the sport industry over the coming years, to become the leading research engine and sustainability support program for professional and college sport organizations across the United States.

Affiliated faculty
Jo Ann Buysse, PhD

Sport sociology, sport media, gender equity, human rights, global sport issues.


Yonghwan Chang, PhD

Sport Marketing & Consumer Behavior

Yuhei Inoue, PhD

Social impact of sport; Sport, health and well-being; Corporate social responsibility


Lisa Kihl, PhD

Sport management ethics, governance, policy: corruption in sport; athlete representation and governance; corporate social responsibility; gender, leadership and sport.


Tiffany Richardson, PhD

Sport marketing, event management, professional sports