Kinesiology's Svensson and Kang Receive Best Research Paper Award

Baton Rouge, La -- School of Kinesiology’s Dr. Per Svensson and doctoral student Seungmin Kang received the 2018 European Association for Sport Management’s (EASM) Best Research Paper Award at the conference held in Malmö, Sweden for their research, “Examining The Influence of Shared and Servant Leadership on Organizational Performance in Sport for Development and Peace."

Photo of Dr. Per Svensson and Seungmin Kang at the 2018 European Association for Best Research Paper.

Pictured left to right, Dr. Per Svensson and doctoral candidate Seungmin Kang received Best Research Paper Award from the 2018 European Association for Sport Management. 

Kang and Dr. Svensson's research focused on organizations combining both sport and non-sport educational activities to promote positive social change in communities across the United States. These organizations focused on a number of different social issues including gender, social inclusion, health, education, and peace-building. The results from their study identified the importance of collective or shared leadership for organizational performance and that servant leadership behavior and organizational capacity-building can help practitioners facilitate collective leadership processes, which in turn results in increased performance.     

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. 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 over 40 countries, representing every continent. The 2018 conference was attended by over 480 delegates.

Dr. Svensson is an Assistant 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. 

His secondary research interest is focused on examining organizational aspects of student-athlete community service programs. Dr. Svensson’s research has been published in numerous academic journals including: Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Sport, Education, and Society, International Journal of Sport Communication, Sport in Society, Journal of Sport for Development, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Sport, and the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing.

Seungmin Kang is a third year doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology with his research primarily focused on leadership in sport-based nonprofits aimed at promoting positive social change. Specifically, he is interested in the role of collective or shared leadership in Sport for Development and Peace. His research has been published in Sport Management Review.


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The LSU School of Kinesiology (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 a BS, MS, Online MS, PhD, and two certificate options. 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. SOK is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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