Smith of ETSU co-authored a book on sports management | Living

JOHNSON CITY — Dr. Natalie Smith of East Tennessee State University is co-author of the new book, “Organizational Behavior in Sport Management: An Applied Approach to Understanding People and Groups.”

His co-authors are Dr. Chris Barnhill, associate professor of sports management and program coordinator at Georgia Southern University, and Dr. Brent Oja of the University of Northern Colorado, where he is assistant professor of sports administration. .

Aimed at undergraduate students, the book discusses how sports organizations work and the mechanisms that go into organizational behavior as well as how employees are motivated and work together.

The book also covers the organizational structure and culture of the sport, a statement said.

“A highlight of the book is the practitioner interviews we have in each section,” said Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Sports, Exercise, Recreation and Kinesiology at Clemmer College, in the release. “These experts – all from around the world – connect theory with practice and provide insights on various topics. Students can grasp the relevance of these interviews to their own career goals.

Practitioners interviewed discuss a challenge that their organization has struggled to overcome. These stories provide the framework for applicable theories and interventions used by organizations. Students gain an understanding of how leaders apply theory to communicate with employees and engage them to achieve desired goals.

Smith said the billion-dollar sports industry offers a wealth of career opportunities for college graduates, ranging from college and professional levels to international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and FIFA, as well as young people. and Little League and even the esports industry boom.

Smith is completing his fifth year as a faculty member at ETSU. Prior to working in academia, she spent most of her career in men’s and women’s professional football.

Palgrave Macmillan is the editor.

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