Sport logistics research: reviewing and line marking of a new field

Herold, David Martin and Breitbarth, Tim and Schulenkorf, Nico and Kummer, Sebastian (2020) Sport logistics research: reviewing and line marking of a new field. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 31 (2). pp. 357-379. ISSN 0957-4093


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Purpose: Although logistics management is a crucial part of local and global sports events, there is noresearch-driven characterization of "sports logistics management". The purpose of this paper is to conceptualize a framework that allows for a more structured recognition of logistics in sports, in general, and sport event management, in particular. In addition, we conduct a systematic literature review of sports logistics management and locate opportunities for future research both for sports management and logistics management scholars. Design/methodology/approach: Guided by Durach et al.'s (2017) systematic literature review approach, we identify key attributes and characteristics of sports logistics management. These are based on studies featuring at least partial aspects of logistics management in sports and sport events, and that were published between 2000 and mid-2019. Findings: The study reveals that sports logistics management, meaning logistics activities in sports andsport event management, is a heavily under-researched area that provides an abundance of scientific opportunities. Based on the three sport event types of local/regional sport events, major sport events and mega sport events, the authors propose four sports logistics management pillars that are central to the proposed Sport Logistics Framework: venue logistics management, sports equipment logistics management, athletes logistics management, and fan and spectators logistics management. Originality/value: This is the first study that builds on a systematic review of literature specifically focused on the logistics aspect in sports and sport event management. It provides a conceptual framework of sports logistics management and offers an agenda of future research opportunities.

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Keywords: sports logistics, sports management, sports events, event logistics, conceptual framework, systematic literature review, research agenda
Divisions: Departments > Welthandel > Transportwirtschaft und Logistik
Departments > Welthandel > Transportwirtschaft und Logistik > Kummer
Forschungsinstitute > Supply Chain Management
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Major
Depositing User: David Martin Herold
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 12:06
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 14:58
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