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Toward an Enduring Football Economy : A Business Model Taxonomy for European Professional Football Clubs

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Buck, Christoph ; Ifland, Sebastian:
Toward an Enduring Football Economy : A Business Model Taxonomy for European Professional Football Clubs.
In: European Sport Management Quarterly. (2022) .
ISSN 1618-4742
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2022.2026448

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Projektgruppe WI Digital SocietyNo information
Projektgruppe WI Digitales InnovationsmanagementNo information
Projektgruppe WI Digital LifeNo information

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Research question: We identify the key components of the business models (BMs) of professional European football clubs, introducing a structured business model approach to sport management and presenting a BM taxonomy. Research methods: To derive a picture of European football clubs’ BMs, we develop a BM taxonomy in three iterations. In the first step, we conduct a structured literature review. Second, we analyse case studies and subsequently examine 98 real-world objects. We utilise the 98 clubs as real-world objects of Europe’s top five leagues during the 2018/19 season, the last complete season prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Results and findings: Our taxonomy, consisting of 63 characteristics allocated to 13 dimensions, shows and structures the components of European football clubs’ value creation mechanisms. Our evaluation shows that the clubs follow different BMs, proving our taxonomy’s applicability. Implications: We contribute to theory by identifying and illustrating the existence of different BMs in European professional football. Further, our taxonomy assists club managers to analyse their BMs, enabling them to improve their managerial performance for sustainable success and to avoid mismanagement.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: business model; football club management; taxonomy; sport management; business model innovation
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII - Information Systems Management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII - Information Systems Management > Chair Business Administration VII - Information Systems Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 09:03
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 12:27
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/68370