Tensions in Stakeholder Relations for a Swedish Football Club: A Case Study

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    Abstract

    Swedish football is an industry not yet being as commercial as the big leagues and is regulated in terms of ownership of clubs. This implies a need for management of stakeholder relations for a Swedish football club. This paper identifies important stakeholders in Swedish football and discusses the multitude of – sometimes conflicting – objectives in managing these relations. The empirical base of the study is founded in a case study of Malmö FF, one of the dominant clubs in Sweden, with a qualitative single case research approach. Data are collected by means of semi-structured interviews and participant observations. The results of the study show a number of tensions as paradoxes for stakeholder management, suggest management dispositions to reconcile these paradoxes and suggest areas for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSoccer and Society
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)612-629
    Number of pages18
    ISSN1466-0970
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2018

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