Category Archives: Sport Management

Kinesiology’s Madeleine Orr and Morgan Betker awarded wins at CEHD’s Three Minute Thesis competition

image of Morgan Betker and Madelleine Orr, winners at the CEHD 2017 Three Minute Thesis contest
Betker, left, and Orr at 3MT competition

Madeleine Orr and Morgan Betker, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidates and finalists in CEHD’s Research Day Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, won prizes in the Finalist Competition held today, March 28, at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Orr (sport management emphasis, advised by Dr. Yuhei Inoue) was awarded the $500 first prize for her presentation, “The Rhetoric vs. the Reality of Sport Event Legacies.” Betker (exercise physiology emphasis, advised by Dr. Eric Snyder) won the $250 People’s Choice award for her presentation, “Cardiovascular Health and Occupational Stress in Police Officers.”

The six finalists from five departments across the college had exactly 3 minutes to explain their research projects in an engaging and easy-to-understand format to a packed room in McNamara.

“Telling a compelling story about your research and its implications in less than 3 minutes is way harder than I thought it was going to be!” said Orr after the event. “But to represent Kinesiology with Morgan, and come away with such great results, was a great experience.”

Betker says, “As researchers, we don’t often get the opportunity to share our passion with people outside of our niche, nor hear others’ perspectives in their chosen emphasis. This competition was an excellent way to not only challenge ourselves and grow professionally, but to broaden our perspectives and find value in the work of fellow graduate students in other fields. I’m very grateful to have been a part of the experience.”

3MT is a worldwide competition that was introduced by the University of Queensland in 2008. This is the second year the college has held the event as part of CEHD Research Day. Judges for today’s event were Karen Kaler, University Associate; Mary Tjosvold, local entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian, and CEHD alumna; and Dr. John Wright, professor of African American and African Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

Kihl and colleague to publish in Business & Society Review

KihllL-prefAssociate professor Lisa A. Kihl, Ph.D., professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, and her colleague, Dr. Kathy Babiak (University of Michigan) have had their paper titled, “A blueprint for CSR engagement: Identifying stakeholder expectations and attitudes of a community relations program,” accepted for publication in Business & Society Review. The paper examines sport stakeholders’ expectations regarding corporations’ CSR initiatives through dialogue. Kihl and Babiak argue that stakeholder dialogue is an important way for a business to gain perceptions about how it is viewed and evaluated by its stakeholders and underlies subsequent interactions.

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

Three School of Kinesiology faculty contributed chapters to an award-winning book on sport management theory.

Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title 2016 by CHOICE magazine, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., Mary Jo Kane, Ph.D., and Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., each wrote chapters. This is the first book to trace the intellectual contours of theory in sport management, and to explain, critique and celebrate the importance of sport management theory in academic research, teaching and learning, and in the development of professional practice.

Inoue and Kihl contributed to the Managerial Theories section with their chapters, “Developing a Theory of Suffering and Academic Corruption in Sport” (Kihl) and “Applying Strategic CSR in Sport” (Inoue). Kane contributed the chapter “The Continuum Theory: Challenging Traditional Conceptualization and Practices of Sport” in the section Sociocultural Theories. Dr. Kane is director of the School of Kinesiology’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, and Dr. Kihl is an affiliated scholar in the Tucker Center.

Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Kim will publish in Korean Journal of Sociology of Sport

Young Ho Kim, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Korean Journal of Sociology of Sport. The paper, entitled “The Normalization of Sport Corruption and Interdependence of the Factors: Symbiosis of Threefolding’s Organism,” examines 1) how sport corruption is normalized in certain sport organizations and societies, and 2) how sport corruption, through the process of normalization, is produced and reproduced in their organic system. Young is advised by Michael G. Wade, Ph.D., and Rayla Allison, JD.

Betker and Orr are finalists in CEHD Three Minute Thesis Competition

Morgan Betker
Madeleine Orr

Two Kinesiology doctoral candidates are finalists in CEHD’s Research Day competition, Three Minute Thesis (3MT), which will be held March 28  from 10-11 a.m. in the McNamara Alumni Center Johnson Room.

Morgan Betker (exercise physiology emphasis) and Madeleine Orr (sport management emphasis) will be competing with six doctoral students from across the college for the first prize of $500. Prizes of $250 will go to the runner-up and people’s choice. The finalists were chosen from a preliminary round competition held last week.

Ms. Betker’s presentation is “Cardiovascular Health and Occupational Stress in Police Officers” and Ms. Orr’s presentation is “The rhetoric vs. the reality of sport event legacies.”

3MT is an annual competition held in over 200 universities worldwide. It’s designed to challenge Ph.D. students to present their research in just three minutes in an engaging format that can be understood by an audience with no background in their discipline. The competition is intended to help students develop a presentation on their research and hone their academic communication skills to explain their work effectively to a general audience.

Judges in the CEHD competition are Karen Kaler, University Associate; Mary Tjosvold, local entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian, and CEHD alumna; and Dr. John Wright, professor of African-American and African Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

Moore and Inoue presenting research results to Minnetonka Senior Services

image of Yuhei Inoue
Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D.
Chris Moore, Ph.D. candidate

Graduate assistant Chris Moore, advised by Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology presented research results to study participants at the Minnetonka Senior Services.

This research study titled “The Influence of Sport Team Identification on Mental Health for Older Adults” was funded by Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant. For this study, Moore and Inoue worked with Minnetonka Senior Services to recruit older adults and coordinated trips to three home games of University of Minnesota Women’s volleyball team. The purpose of the project was to examine if attending sporting events and establishing a sense of connections with the sport team and its fans may help enhance older adults’ social relationships and well-being.

Kihl and collegeaues serve as guest editors for special issue on corruption in sport

KihllL-prefLisa A. Kihl, Ph.D., associate professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, and colleagues James Skinner, MBA, Ph.D. (Loughborough University-London) and Terry Engelberg-Moston, Ph.D. (James Cook University-Australia) served as guest editors for the Special Issue – Corruption in sport: Understanding the complexity of corruption in European Sport Management Quarterly.

In addition, to serving as guest editors, Kihl and colleagues wrote an introductory piece emphasizing how the special issue increases our understanding of the complexity and multidimensional nature of sport corruption through examining integrity and different causes of match fixing.

The entire piece can be read online: “Corruption in sport: Understanding the complexity of corruption“.

Inoue and partners featured in The Japan Times

image of Yuhei InoueYuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology together with his partners from Temple University and the University of Tsukuba in Japan are featured in The Japan Times, Japan’s largest English-language newspaper.

The article discusses the project to reform Japanese college sports by establishing an athletic department that is modeled after US intercollegiate athletic departments. In the next two years, Dr. Inoue and his partners will study the first implementation of this structure at the University of Tsukuba.

Read the entire article titled “Researchers urge Japan to reform college sports system”.

Inoue to publish in Journal of Business Research

A research paper by Yuhei Inoue,  Ph.D., assistant professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research.The study, titled “Predicting behavioral loyalty through corporate social responsibility: The mediating role of involvement and commitment“, examined whether consumers’ perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities can predict behavioral loyalty, and how attitudinal constructs mediate this relationship. A field study of 634 customers of an Australian professional football team was conducted by combining attitudinal surveys with actual behavioral data collected one year later. The study’s findings indicate that the contribution of CSR initiatives to behavioral loyalty is not as robust as past research suggests, and is contingent upon specific psychological states activated by consumers’ perceptions of such initiatives.

Citation of this article: Inoue, Y., Funk, D.C., & McDonald, H. (in press). Predicting behavioral loyalty through corporate social responsibility: The mediating role of involvement and commitment. Journal of Business Research.

Health, sport and recreation career fair to be held Feb. 8

Career fair photoThe CEHD Health, Sport and Recreation Career Fair  on Feb. 8 at the U’s Recreation and Wellness Center is specifically designed for Kinesiology, Sport Management and Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies students looking for internships, full-time positions and graduate program information. Fifteen organizations from diverse areas such as Allina Health, U of M Athletics, and the YMCA and YWCA, will be there to recruit and share information about their organization. Visit GoldPASS to see all of the employers who will be attending. No registration is required.

Students in Sport Management class work with Forest Lake school on best practices for developing athletic program

Ryan Santoso (left) and Justin Juenemann presented their recommendations.

Students in a Sport Management course in the School of Kinesiology had a real-world opportunity to help a K-12 school in Forest Lake consider ways to develop and expand an athletic program for their students in grades 6-12.

The students in SMGT 3881W, a capstone course for undergraduates taught by Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., associate professor in the School, collaborated with Lakes International Language Academy (LILA) to come up with best practices for an athletics department operations manual that covered areas such as policies, recruiting and training coaches, facilities, and marketing. The students worked in groups and presented their plans to school director  Shannon Peterson and athletics and activities director Jenni Muras.

“This is the students’ opportunity to demonstrate that they are prepared academically and professionally as graduates to contribute meaningful work for real-world sports concerns,” said Kihl. “I set the expectations high. And every time, these students amaze me,.”

“We were thrilled to participate in this capstone project,” Muras said. “With Dr. Kihl’s expert guidance, the University students provided useful information that reflects our school’s mission, values, and International Baccalaureate focus. We’re looking forward to continuing the relationship with the U.”

LILA is a public K-12 Mandarin and Spanish language immersion school.

Kinesiology doctoral student Kim to publish in Korean Journal of Sociology of Sport

Young Ho Kim, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Korean Journal of Sociology of Sport. The paper, “Conceptualization and Analysis of Interpretative Perspectives of Sport Corruption Through Literature Review: Agreement and Difference,” examines how sport corruption is conceptualized and analyzes the different interpretative perspectives of sport corruption in certain sport organizations and society. In order to conceptualize sport corruption, prefigured technical strategy, an analysis strategy discussed by Crabtree and Miller (1992), was used. Prefigured categories are classified as competition sport corruption and management sport corruption, discussed by Maenning (2006). In order to analyze how types of sport corruption in the prefigured categories are interpreted differently in sport organizations and society, Luo’s (2004) characteristics of corruption was used as a theoretical frame.

Young is advised by Michael G. Wade, Ph.D., and Rayla Allison, JD.

Sport Finance students present to Beyond Walls staff and board members

Students in Dr. Yuhei Inoue‘s KIN 5421 Sport Finance class presented their final Revenue Generation Projects to three staff members of the non-profit organization Beyond Walls: Jazmin Danielson, Executive Director; Sammy Loeks-Davis, Program Director; and Karen VanderBosch, Board Member. Each group presented research and recommendations about how the organization can spread awareness for its campaign and build revenue.

Beyond Walls is a program that  supports students in finding and graduating from their best-fit post-secondary pursuit using squash, academics, mentoring and life skills development. Their goal is to become a Twin Cities leader in promoting academic excellence, healthy lifestyles, and access to meaningful opportunities for all youth.



Richardson, Orr receive Mini Grant from the Institute on the Environment

Ms. Orr
portrait image of Tiffany Richardson taken in 2015
Dr. Richardson

Tiffany Richardson, Ph.D., Sport Management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, and Madeleine Orr, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology (sport management emphasis) have been awarded a $3,000 Institute on the Environment (IonE) Mini Grant. The grant will be used for their research project, “Carless Tailgating: A Safe and Sustainable Alternative to a Sporting Tradition.” Carless tailgating is a highlight of the football season at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and has been shown to result in a more environmentally responsible and safer celebratory environment. Richardson and Orr are collaborating on the grant with Shane Stennes, Director of Sustainability at the U of M, and Dave Newport, Director of the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Richardson invited by Institute on the Environment to serve as IonE Educator for 2016-17

RichardsonT-2013Tiffany Richardson, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology lecturer in Sport Management, has accepted an invitation by the  Faculty Leadership Council (FLC) of the U of M’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) to serve as an IonE Educator for the academic year 2016-2017.

As an IonE Educator, Richardson will be involved in a year-long project on sustainability with the Institute and will be invited to give a lecture on an education and sustainability topic sometime this year.

In inviting Richardson to be an IonE Educator, Jessica J. Hellman, director of the Institute, wrote: “The FLC and I are extremely impressed with the work that you do and the plans you have set forth to incorporate sustainability into curriculum. Over the course of the next year and beyond, I know that the IonE will be enriched by your involvement in the IonE Educators program.”


Kim presents at conference in South Korea

kimy-2014Young Ho Kim, a doctoral student in the field of sport management advised by Dr. Lisa Kihl, gave a presentation at the 54th Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Congress held in South Korea. The title of his presentation was “Characteristics of Sport Corruption and the Difference of the Interpretation on Types of Sport Corruption.”

The presentation discussed the fundamental frame and types of sport corruption, and it analyzed how the types of sport corruption could be interpreted and eventually normalized based on the fundamental frame.

Kihl quoted on therapeutic use exemptions in online publication Vocativ

KihllL-prefAssociate professor Lisa A. Kihl, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology, was quoted in a published article in the online publication Vocativ, titled “Hacking The System: The Debate Over Athletes Getting PED Hall Passes.” The article reports on a series of Internet hacks by the Fancy Bears team of hackers that has raised questions about the legitimacy of therapeutic use exemptions in sport. Read the full article here.

Kihl, Schull, and Shaw publish text on U of M athletic departments merger

kihl-pubLisa A. Kihl, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center affiliated scholar, along with TC-affiliated scholars Vicki Schull, Ph.D. (MSU-Mankato), and Sally Shaw, Ph.D. (University of Otago, New Zealand), are authors of the recently published book, Gender Politics in US College Athletic Departments: The Case of the University of Minnesota Merger (Palgrave). Using the context of the merger of the men’s and women’s athletic departments at the U of M, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the gendered political processes involved in organizational change in the world of collegiate athletics.

The book can be used as a course text, academic/practitioner resource, or for lay readers interested in the history of the U of M athletic departments.

Co-author Schull is a 2014 alumni of the School of Kinesiology’s doctoral program and was advised by Kihl.

Kim presents at 28th International Sport Science Congress

Young Ho Kim, a doctoral student in the field of sport management advised by Dr. Lisa Kihl, gave a presentation at the 28th International Sport Science Congress in commemoration of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. His presentation, “We are All Innocent, but Socialized into Being an Offender: Why Do We Believe School Violence Occurring in the Sport-Related Departments is a Form of Discipline?” consisted of preliminary data findings from his research on violence in schools. The purpose of the study was to examine how innocent freshmen may become offenders as time goes by, and how the practices of school violence are transferred with each grade. To analyze the collected data, multiple theoretical frames were applied, such as the Stanford prison experiment, obedience to authority theory, social learning theory, and differential association theory.


Ruggiero named Head of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission

angela-ruggieroAngela Ruggiero, M.Ed., 2011 School of Kinesiology Sport Management alumna, has been named Head of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. In an announcement from the IOC, Ruggiero’s experience was noted saying, “[Ruggiero] is a former ice hockey player who has played more games for Team USA than any other man or woman.”