Research area:
Sport management & innovation

The growing importance of the sport industry and demands placed on the players calls for a professionalisation of sport organisations. The digital transformation of our society also impacts these organisations providing sport services or products, as they are encouraged to innovate to satisfy the increasing expectations of sport users, consumers or spectators. Challenges and opportunities arise that should be understood and analysed to advise sport organisations and sport systems on how they could operate more efficiently and ethically.

Research domains

The sport management and innovation research area at LUNEX spans several key disciplines in sport governance, sport marketing, innovation management, performance management, social impact, and anti-doping.

The mission of this research area is to promote, nurture and contribute to the development of research related to sport, management and innovation. It is our mission to develop and disseminate knowledge relevant to sport organisations and the broader sport industry to impact and influence the sporting landscape in Luxembourg, in Europe and globally.

Three main research domains will lead towards achieving the proposed vision: Sport governance and ethics, Digitalisation and innovation in sport, Vital Cities and social impact of sport.

Selected publications:

Marlier, M., Schyvinck, C., Constandt, B., De Bock, T., Winand, M., & Willem, A. (Forthcoming). The Value of an Intersectoral Capacity Building Approach to Promote Sports in Disadvantaged Communities. Social Inclusion.

Delshab, V., Winand, M., Sadeghi Boroujerdi, S., Pyun, D., & Mahmoudian, A. (2019). Analyzing the influence of employee values on knowledge management in sport organizations. Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management. doi: 10.1108/JSTPM-04-2018-0039

Kasale, L.L., Winand, M. & Morrow, S. (2019). A Stakeholder Approach to Performance Management in Botswana National Sport Organisations. Managing Sport & Leisure, 24(4), 226-243.

Winand, M., Belot, M., Merten, S., & Kolyperas, D. (2019). International Sport Federations’ Social Media Communication: A Content Analysis of FIFA’s Twitter Account. International Journal of Sport Communication, 12(2), 209-233. doi: 10.1123/ijsc.2018-0173

Dobbels, L., Voets, J., Marlier, M., De Waegeneer, E., & Willem, A. (2018). Why network structure and coordination matter: a social network analysis of sport for disadvantaged people. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(5), 572–593.

Winand, M. & Fergusson, C. (2018). More Decision-Aid Technology in Sport? An Analysis of Football Supporters’ Perceptions on Goal Line Technology. Soccer & Society, 19(7), 966-985.

Winand, M., & Anagnostopoulos, C. (2017). Get ready to innovate! Staff’s disposition to implement service innovation in non-profit sport organisations. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9(4), 579-595.

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. Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, 18(3), 289-308.

Marlier, M., Van Dyck, D., Cardon, G., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Babiak, K., & Willem, A. (2015). Interrelation of Sport Participation, Physical Activity, Social Capital and Mental Health in Disadvantaged Communities: A SEM-Analysis. Plos One, 10(10), e0140196.

Marlier, M., Lucidarme, S., Cardon, G., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Babiak, K., & Willem, A. (2015). Capacity building through cross-sector partnerships: a multiple case study of a sport program in disadvantaged communities in Belgium. Bmc Public Health, 15(1), 1.

Any questions?
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Prof. Dr. Mathieu Winand will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the research field of Sport management and innovation.



50, avenue du Parc des Sports / 4671 Differdange / Luxembourg

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