Winand M, Scheerder J, Vos S & Zintz T (2016) Do non-profit sport organisations innovate? Types and preferences of service innovation within regional sport federations (Forthcoming/Available Online), Innovation Management Policy and Practice.
Research question: Little is known about innovation in the non-profit sport sector. The present research addresses this gap by questioning whether and to what extent sport federations innovate. It aims to identify types of innovation implemented by sport federations and their attitude and preferences towards innovation.
Research methods: An online questionnaire was administered to a sample of key representatives (i.e. Chair, Secretary General or Directors) of regional sport federations in Belgium (n=101; 70% response rate).
Results and Findings: Directed content analysis of the service innovations described by respondents reveals ten different types of sport and non-sport service innovations. Results suggest that membership size and categories of sport influence preferences in knowledge creation/appropriation, and ultimately the type of innovation developed. This paper also suggests that sport federations are driven by demands by members in meeting their expectations of new services and are not risk averse. On average, the sport federations surveyed have a positive attitude towards newness which favours innovativeness.
Implications: The present study would help researchers to advance further into the knowledge of service innovation in non-profit organisations. It should act as a foundation for research and practice on specific types of service innovation in sport. Managers should realise the importance of attitude for innovation and use the suggested typology to provide new services in different categories and meet members’ expectations.
service innovation; types of innovation; attitude towards newness; sport federations; sport management
|Authors||Winand Mathieu, Scheerder Jeroen, Vos Steven, Zintz Thierry|
|Publication date online||26/09/2016|
|Date accepted by journal||16/08/2016|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
Innovation Management Policy and Practice