Institute of Sports Science


New insights on context-specific competencies in sport management

Competencies are a central part of modern business in almost every industry and organisation and, therefore, different competencies are considered important in different work environments.

With regard to sport management, however, there is still a lack of knowledge about how context matters in terms of required competencies.

Using data of 142 alumni of the Tübingen Sport Management Programs who already have entered professional life, Marcel Fahrner and Ute Schüttoff (both University of Tübingen) examine the association of occupational context factors and the job-related relevance of competencies (assessed by sport management alumni).

The study’s findings illustrate that different sport management positions seem to be characterised by their own features, and that jobs differ quite clearly with regard to competency requirements. Furthermore, the analysis indicates that adopting competencies as the organising principle of curricula should lead programme designers and teachers to move away from transmitting decontextualised knowledge and expertise.

The research paper was recently accepted for publication in the European Sport Management Quarterly.

Fahrner, M., & Schüttoff, U. (2019). Analysing the context-specific relevance of competencies – Sport management alumni perspectives. European Sport Management Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/16184742.2019.1607522