Per Svensson, PhD, Receives Best Paper Award at EASM Conference

School of Kinesiology’s Per Svensson, PhD, received the European Association for Sport Management’s (EASM) Best Research Paper Award at the 30th annual conference held in Innsbruck, Austria for his research on “Decision-Making in Sport for Development and Peace: An Experimental Study.”

November 9, 2022

Baton Rouge, LA -- Svensson's research focused on leaders of organizations operating in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America seeking to contribute to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals through sport-based social change initiatives. Specifically, the award-winning research study utilized experimental methods to elicit how leaders of nonprofits and social enterprises make decisions among different organizational attributes related to resource mobilization. The results of the study have important implications for funders and policymakers to design more targeted and meaningful capacity-building initiatives to advance social impact and organizational sustainability.

photo of Per Svensson receiving award

The European Association for Sport Management (EASM) was established in 1993 as an independent association of people involved or interested in the management of sport in the broadest sense. EASM membership is composed of academics and professionals from the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. EASM has a wide international network of experts in the field of sport management. Members of EASM come from nearly 40 different countries, and from every continent. This year’s conference was attended by more than 400 delegates from around the world.

Svensson is an Associate Professor in Sport Management with his research primarily focused on organizations operating sport-based programs aimed at addressing social issues. Specifically, his work examines organizational capacity and innovation in Sport for Development and Peace. He is recognized as one of leading experts on the management of such organizations and has published extensively in top-ranked academic journals. His scholarship has been recognized through several international awards in sport management and within the broader field of nonprofit management. Earlier this year, he also co-edited a book entitled, Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, and Sport for Development and Peace. Svensson is currently the Co-Editor for the Journal of Sport for Development and serves on the editorial board of several additional journals. He also actively works with industry organizations and policymakers. He has previously been invited to share his expertise with members of the United Nations and currently serves as the chair of a global committee organized by Common Goal on how to develop a certification for best practices in the management of sport for good initiatives around the world.

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