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Participant observation in sport and event management research

Författare och institution:
Harald Dolles (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Management & Organisation & Centre for International Business Studies); Mark Dibben (-)
Publicerad i:
Innovation and value creation in experience‐based tourism: Proceedings of the 22nd Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research, 22 s. 55-57
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Events, sport teams and projects exist precisely as a result of a camaraderie among the individuals that is not fully observable from the outside. Sport and event management scenarios require access to the ephemeral and the personal precisely because that is where the value that is inherent within them resides. It is for this reason we suggest the participant observation technique may usefully be applied to other related topics of interest. Participant observation is valuable in research on event management, fans and spectators or insights into the ‘dark side’ of sport such as hooliganism. The latter studies also explore the limits of the method, when participant observation comes close to breaking the law. It further encompasses investigations into sports or event brand communities and consumption cultures. It enables in-depth studies of event/sports organisations and their relations with the communities they represent. Finally, as our case has also shown, participant observation allows access to the complexities of volunteerism, entrepreneurship and the actors’ perspective in sport/events, and addresses calls for increased attention to and the subsequent understanding of volunteerism. We further suggest the method has applications in other growing fields of tourism and hospitality research interest such as environmental or humanitarian activism.
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Participant observation, entrepreneurship, sport management, sport events, sponsorship
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Posten skapad:
2013-10-01 00:30
Posten ändrad:
2014-01-08 08:47

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