Sport Management Associate Professor Kathy Babiak is co-editor of a recently published book on corporate social responsibility within sport.
The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility includes case studies from around the world, including European soccer, the Beijing Olympics, and Major League Baseball.
Dr. Babiak also co-authored chapters in the book, including "Perspectives on social responsibility in sport" (with Richard Wolfe), "A foundation for winning: athletes, charity, and social responsibility" (with fellow Sport Management professor Kate Heinze, and recent Kinesiology PhD alums Seung Pil Lee and Matt Juravich), as well as "Conclusion", with co-editors Juan Luis Paramio-Salcines and Geoff Walters.
From the publisher's site:
"As the role of sport in society becomes ever more prominent and as sports organisations become increasingly influential members of the global community, so it has become more important than ever for sport to consider its wider social responsibilities.
"The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of theories and concepts of CSR as applied to sport, and the social, ethical and environmental aspects of sport business and management. It offers an overview of perspectives and approaches to CSR in sport, examines the unique features of the sport industry in relation to CSR, explores the tools, models, common pitfalls and examples of best practice on which managers can draw, and discusses how CSR and corporate citizenship can be integrated into the sport management curriculum".
Dr. Babiak's research focuses on "the intersection between sport and society — especially as it relates to social responsibility and the professional sport industry".
In addition to teaching, she is co-director of Michigan Center for Sport Management and theSport Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls (SHARP).