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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