Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations – SMGT 633

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will provide application for the development of skills necessary to be an effective and efficient leader regarding communication, motivation and corporate decision making. The role of human resources and leadership theory in an atmosphere of complexity and diversity will be explored.




The application of management concepts and theories regarding leadership within the sport organization context is extremely important for the success and health of the franchise, department, or company. Recognizing, relating to, and managing the corporate climate and culture are important steps to building a successful organization. Effective communication and motivation are vital components to leading a productive organization. Also, human resources are an integral part of any organization. Furthermore, labor relations involving professional sport organizations are paramount within the sporting industry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of leadership styles, structure, and theory.
  2. Articulate effective and efficient communication techniques throughout the sport organization.
  3. Utilize proactive decision-making skills to enhance the overall corporate culture existing in the sport organization context and to minimize organizational conflict.
  4. Analyze the causes and effects of power struggles and political climates within sport organizations.
  5. Demonstrate a healthy understanding of diversity that exists in the workplace along with the knowledge of the historical management/labor relationship.
  6. Review biblical principles of effective leadership among various leadership theories and leaders.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will be required to participate and answer discussion questions throughout the course. Answers to the discussion questions must be well-thought-out, presented using good grammar, and spelling, and to the point.

Each Discussion Board Forum will be divided into 2 parts: a thread in response to the instructor’s prompt and a reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Thus, in order to earn full credit for each forum, the interaction must include 1 thread and 2 replies. Each thread must be 400–500 words and must incorporate a biblical concept and at least 1 resource (e.g., textbook or a scholarly journal). Each reply must be no less than 200 words. Discussion board posts must be made in accordance with current APA format.

Leadership Assignment Journals (5)

Based upon the assigned reading, the student will answer questions in paragraph form using current APA format. All answers will be compiled in a Word document provided in Blackboard. Citations from the assigned reading are required in answering the questions. The length of the paper will be a 5–7 pages (this includes a title page and the reference page).

A primary aim of this course is self-development. This assignment asks the student to document the development journey that he/she will take in the context of the course. The student will keep a leadership journal of insights/questions/lessons/plans throughout the term based on the readings, assignments, and his/her experiences. This final report will contain individual and group components.

Leadership Development Plan

Working as a group, the student will present 1 collaborative plan incorporating a new leadership theory (developed by the group) for effective leadership and management within a sport organization. The group can pick any organization in which they choose to implement their new leadership theory. The groups will complete a 20–25 PowerPoint slide presentation with at least 7 distinct references using current APA format.

Quizzes (8)

There will be 8 quizzes encompassing all material from the Leadership Enhancing the Lessons of Experience textbook. The exams will be administered via Blackboard. All exams are open-book/open-notes and will be timed at 2 hours. Exceeding the time limit will result in a penalty of points reduced. The student will be required to comprehend all assigned readings from the textbook. Quizzes will consist of a combination of multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions covering all of the Reading & Study materials for the modules/weeks indicated.