Call for Papers | “Managing Sport in a Changing Europe”, The European Sport Management (EASM) Conference 2018 | Malmö (Sweden), September 5–8 2018. Call ends April 20, 2018

Submission/registration system expected to open on 20th February.

The Scientific Committee of 26th European Sport Management Conference of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) invites scholars and practitioners to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation. Additionally, we invite short papers to be considered for the EASM Best Conference Paper Award 2018 and for the ESMQ New Researcher Award 2018 for young scientific scholars. Reviewers contributing to assessing and progressing colleagues’ work in an excellent manner as part of the peer- review process will be awarded with the EASM Best Conference Reviewer Award 2018.

The Malmö 2018 conference theme is “Managing Sport in a Changing Europe”. To that end, submissions that particularly, but not exclusively, relate to the conference theme are encouraged. Contributors have the opportunity to present in Parallel Sessions, Workshops, and attractive Poster Sessions during the conference. The main aim of all conference sessions is to encourage participants from across sectors to share knowledge and provide new insights. Sessions also offer a platform to create inter- and cross-disciplinary contacts and collaborations.

Please review the conference website for full information on the conference content, submission requirements, awards and registration as well as further details about the scenic and vibrant Swedish city of Malmö.

Parallel Sessions

In Parallel Sessions, every presenter gives a maximum 12-minute oral presentation with additional about 5 minutes for discussion. Our Parallel Session topics are:

    • Sport Governance and Policy
    • Strategy, Leadership and Stakeholder Management in Sport
    • Sport Marketing
    • Sport Consumer Behaviour
    • Sport Events and Tourism
    • Sport, Media and Communication
    • E-Sport and Technology
    • Sport Facility Management
    • Sport Funding and Finance
    • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport
    • Public Health and Physical Activity Management
    • Sport Development and Socio-Cultural Perspectives
    • Sport Management Education
    • Broader, New and Critical Aspects of Sport Management
    • Malmö 2018 special track: Youth and Sport


Our Workshops aim to stimulate discussions and intellectual engagement between participants on a particular subtheme. They may be outcome-focussed, e.g. channel work into special issues or edited books; to integrate theory and practice; shift existing fields; or map out new sport management research territory. Convenors design their Workshops by embracing a format and flow that enable collaboration and participant experiences different to traditional conference sessions. Details about each Workshop, including submission requirements, are available at This year, we invite submissions towards the following Workshops:

    • CSR paradoxes in sport management
    • New age of sport management education in Europe
    • Organisational innovation in sport for development and peace
    • Developing disability sport: pathways from participation to excellence
    • The progress of ice hockey in light of economic and political influences
    • Unpacking the challenges of (public) management of ‘Sport-for-all’-facilities
    • Labour markets for sports managers in Europe: cases of international career paths
    • Sport entrepreneurship: analysing sport industry and consumer convergence processes
    • Play the Game Special Workshop: Good governance and tools for change in sport
    • ESMQ 2020 Special Issue Workshop: Exploring new routes within brand research in sport management
    • Bern 2017 & Malmö 2018 Special Theme Workshop: Social integration in and through organised sport

Poster Sessions

Poster Sessions are divided in two parts: first, contributors provide short oral presentations (3-minutes) to the whole audience; then, presenters position themselves next to their respective poster for individual Q&A’s and discussion. Submissions relating to any sport management topic are welcomed.

ESMQ New Researcher Award (NRA) 2018

The NRA, sponsored by Routledge Journals, is for the best original theoretical or empirical advance and significant unpublished contribution in sport management. To be eligible for this award, researchers must be near to completion of their PhD or have graduated less than three years prior to submission. Full details are available at

Developing Future Sport Management Researchers and Practitioners

We invite undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD research students to apply/register for the Student Seminar or the PhD Seminar, respectively, which take place just before the main conference. Full participant status at the scientific conference is included in the registration fee. Students can apply for an Alberto Madella Scholarship:


If you have inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Co-Chairs of the Scientific Committee, Tim Breitbarth (Chair EASM Scientific Committee, and Bo Carlsson (Malmö 2018 Local Organising Committee, If you did not act as an abstract reviewer for our conference in Bern 2017, but offer your expertise and valuable time to contribute in this important capacity this year, please to let us know via email (full contact details and preferred tracks/topics).

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