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Which dominant factors in professional football management catalyze and synergize club and stakeholder success?

  • Germany’s national league, the Bundesliga (BL), has been a global forerunner almost since its establishment in 1963 (Grabowski, 2018). Yet, even with historical attendance rates and annual record-breaking revenues, football is currently at a tipping point. To make positive contributions to society, long-term mindsets, and entrepreneurial orientation (EO) (Hammerschmidt et al., 2020) are key, which pushes football clubs to transform into football companies (FCs) (Zülch, 2020) or sport business clubs (SBCs) (Jovanov, 2021). Accordingly, this Dissertation proposes theory, qualitative research, and quantitative analysis relating to four main themes: club success factors, management framework robustness, sustainability management, and professional football benchmarks. Combining theoretical underpinnings and practical understanding strengthened the relevance and reliability of the research, further giving the findings robust application to the current environment and outlook of professional football management in Germany, Europe, and beyond.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Jacqueline Marie Cruz
Referee:Henning ZülchORCiD, Dominik K. KanbachORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Accounting and Auditing
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa2-788482
Place of publication:Leipzig
Year of Completion:2022
Page Number:vii, 143
Date of final exam:2022/02/02
Tag:Football Management Q-Score; Football benchmarks; Football club success factors; Professional football management; Sport business club
Cruz, Jacqueline Marie: Identifying football management variables that lead to sustainable success in professional European football clubs - a literature review. Cruz, Jacqueline Marie: Measuring robustness: sustainable success factors affecting professional football clubs. Cruz, Jacqueline Marie: How is sustainability concerning ESG considered and assessed in German professional football? Cruz, Jacqueline Marie: A case study of Eintracht Frankfurt: Why the Bundesliga club on the MAin is a front runner among professional football clubs in Europe.
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International