The sakeholder dilemma in sport governance : toward the notion of ‘stakeowner’
Ferkins, Dr Lesley; Shilbury, D.
Citation:Ferkins, L., and Shilbury, D. (2015, January). The sakeholder dilemma in sport governance: Toward the notion of ‘stakeowner’. Journal of Sport Management. DOI: 10.1123/jsm.2013-0182. (29/1) 93-108.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/4004
This study is positioned within the non-profit sport context and builds on an emerging body of work in sport governance to investigate how non-profit sport organizations can develop their governing capability. A rich data set derived from a two-year action research study in an Australian state sport organization revealed a lack of stakeholder engagement underpinned by confusion about stakeholder-governing responsibility as the central issues in developing governance capability. The lessons drawn from the Squash Vic experience integrated with sport governance literature and stakeholder theory show the need to embed the notion of stakeholder salience or primacy in order to explain and clarify the dilemma of multiple stakeholders and the lack of stakeholder engagement in the governing process. We introduce Fassin’s (2012) notion of ‘stakeowner’ and associated ideas of reciprocity and responsibility as a helpful characterization of the legal members in the stakeholder-governance relationship. [Post-print copy]