LSU's Svensson Honored by Two International Research Associations


Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Editor Chao Guo (left) presents the 2019 best reviewer award to LSU Sport Management Assistant Professor Per Svensson, PhD.


January 22, 2020


BATON ROUGE – Recently, LSU Sport Management Assistant Professor Per Svensson, PhD, received awards at two premier academic international research conferences. 

At the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in San Diego, Calif., Svensson was recognized as the Best Reviewer of 2019 for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly–the flagship peer-reviewed journal in the broader field of nonprofit management.

“With his expertise in sport management, organizational capacity, and social innovation, [Dr. Svensson] has offered refreshing perspectives and diverse skill sets in his in-depth and thorough evaluations,” said Chao Guo, the journal’s editor. “Throughout the review process, he is critical and yet constructive, and reliable and unassuming, often goes extra miles to help authors improve theoretical and empirical contributions.”

Svensson also received the Best Research Paper Award from the Sport Management Association for Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ), the association behind one of the leading academic journals in Sport Management, Sport Management Review.

His paper “Antecedents and Outcomes of Employee Engagement in Nonprofit Sport Organizations” highlights findings from a national study of employees in nonprofits utilizing sport as a means for social change. Specifically, the study results provide a nuanced understanding of engagement with a national sample of nonprofit employees that contributes to the operational knowledge gap of engagement in the nonprofit sector. The research informs organizational leaders of the benefits of employee engagement and how higher levels of employee engagement can be developed.

Svensson co-authored the award-winning paper with Shinhee Jeong, PhD,  in LSU’s School of Leadership and Human Resource Development; Brad Shuck, PhD,  in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville; and, Marcella Otto, a doctoral candidate in LSU’s School of Kinesiology.

As a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, Svensson’s research primarily focuses on organizations operating sport-based programs aimed at addressing social issues in communities around the world. He is one of the leading experts on organizational capacity and innovation in Sport for Development and Peace. Svensson is the co-editor of the Journal of Sport for Development and the chair of the Laureus Sport for Good Research Council.

About LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK)
A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, the SOK advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. SOK offers bachelor’s degrees in sport administration and kinesiology with a pre-athletic training, human movement or other related concentrations. SOK offers the state’s first accredited master’s in athletic training, a master’s in kinesiology, an online master’s in kinesiology (sport management) and a PhD in kinesiology. Graduates go on to successful careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, sport agencies and businesses, athletic administration, and K-12 educational settings.

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About LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE)
Located on the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, the University Laboratory School and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs. CHSE current enrollment includes approximately1,800 undergraduates and more than 1,900 graduate students. CHSE is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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