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From the Ballfield to the Boardroom: Management Lessons from Sports Hardcover – April 30, 2005

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"Using examples from across the spectrum of professional and college sports, Goff (economics, Western Kentucky University) analyzes the ways in which key decisions are made in sports and applies these lessons to the corporate context."


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"This book shows in an interesting and readable way how the world of sports holds important lessons for the world of business. Dr. Goff is a pioneer in the application of economic methods to study sports and sports institutions, and here he details how this approach can yield important insights of practical value for business leaders. This is a must read for economists and students of sports, for MBA and management students, and for business executives at all levels." (Robert D. Tollison, Professor of Economics and BB&T Senior Fellow, Clemson University)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275985172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275985172
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,391,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goff's book is both a sports and management book. It is filled with examples drawn from sporting events and related episodes. Sport fans interested in the behind-the-scenes decision making and leadership issues should thoroughly enjoy this volume. But those seeking new insights into management will find the book a refreshing approach that centers around issues faced by managers regardless of setting. Those interested in both management and sports should love this book.

The backbone of the book are principles of management developed over the last few decades. The author does not try to develop a template for management based on case studies, although they are used to highlight key facts about management and stimulate discussion.

After presenting key building block ideas (such as recognition of hidden costs and trade-offs, coordinating decisions, learning and adapting), the chapters of the book go on to explore such topics as: key matters about markets and management; people management; the effective use of information; tools for strategic and tactical decision making; and the role of innovation and adaptation. The last two chapters consider how managers add value to an organization, draws a distinction between effective management and over-managing (managing vs. meddling), and managing and leading.

This is a marvelous book that casts a bright light on many complex and subtle management issues. With this book, Goff has hit a home run!
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