Dr Steve Swanson is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management in the Department of Management in the Deakin Business School. He teaches Sport Leadership and Governance and Sport Organisation Behaviour and has supervised several PhD and Masters candidates to completion. Steve is a member of the Centre for Sport Research, an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Global Sport Management, and a Section Editor for Sport Management Digest. He has also recently co-authored a book called Fostering Innovative Cultures in Sport and served as Guest Co-Editor of a special issue of the Journal of Sport Management, entitled Sport Leadership: A New Generation of Thinking.
Dr Swanson’s research focuses on leadership, innovation, and well-being, with a particular focus on the sport environment. In addition, he also leads multiple international research projects relating to topics such as sport for development, social networks, foreign ownership, and community identity. Additional projects include work on unity in diversity through the Olympics and drivers of sport employee job attraction and engagement. Dr Swanson’s research is being funded by prestigious organisations such as the British Academy and the Olympic Studies Centre. He is a Fellow in the UK Higher Education Academy, the recipient of multiple teaching awards, and has been a guest speaker for several international universities and sporting bodies. Dr Swanson has also been a successful basketball coach at both the professional and intercollegiate levels.Read more on Steve's profile
- Leadership, innovation, and well-being
- Social networks and sport for development
- Foreign ownership and community identity
- Unitiy and diversity through the Olympics
- European Association for Sport Management (EASM)
- North American Association for Sport Management (NASSM)
- Sport Management Association Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ)
- World Association for Sport Management (WASM)
- Organisational Theory
Inoue, Y., Lock, D., Gillooly, L., Shipway, R., & Swanson, S. (2021). The organizational identification and well-being framework: theorizing about how sport organizations contribute to crisis response and recovery. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Online.
Swanson, S., & Todd, S. (2019). Servant Leadership for Multidimensional Sport Employee Well-being: Relationships, Health, and Happiness. European Association for Sport Management (EASM), Seville, Spain.
Todd, S., Magnusen, M., Swanson, S., Koba., T. (2019) The attractiveness of sport jobs: A policy capturing approach for key predictors of job seeker decision making. Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Todd, S., Koba, T., Mao, Z., and Swanson, S. (2019) A Policy Capturing Exploration of Sport Job Seeker Decision Making: The Relative Influence of Prestige, Segment, Duties, and Location. North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Mueller, J., Skinner, J., Swanson, S., Billsberry, J. (2019). Surfacing Implicit Leadership Theories in a Professional Sport Context: A Comparison of Four Research Techniques in Two Bundesliga Handball Clubs. Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ), Adelaide, Australia.
Swanson, S., Kent A., Smith, A.C.T. & Skinner, J. (2018). Innovative Cultures in Professional Sports: The Role of Servant Leadership in Fostering Employee Cooperation, Creativity, and Satisfaction. European Association for Sport Management (EASM), Malmo, Sweden.
Swanson, S., & Skinner, J. (2017). Leading in Multiple Contexts: Investigating the Meaning of Leadership for Sport Officials. European Association for Sport Management (EASM), Bern, Switzerland.
Swanson, S., & Kent, A. (2016). Employee Pride and Identification with Sport: Key Drivers of Positive Organizational Behavior. European Association for Sport Management (EASM), Warsaw, Poland.
Swanson, S., & Kent, A. (2015). Sport Workplace Identification: Multiple Pathways to Job Engagement. European Association for Sport Management (EASM), Dublin, Ireland.
Swanson, S., & Kent, A. (2014). Affect in the Workplace: The impact of passion and pride in professional sports. Inaugural meeting of the World Association for Sport Management (WASM), Madrid, Spain.
- Centre for Sport Research - Deakin University
2012 Student Research Competition Winner, North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Toward a Sport-Specific Model of Leadership: Initial Evidence of What is Credible and Prototypical in Sport.
Swanson, S., Collison, H., Burnett, C., & Skinner, J. 'Sport for Development and Olympic Movement Stakeholders: A Social Network Analysis'. Olympic Studies Centre, 2019.
Swanson, S., Skinner, J., & Smith, A. 'The Impact of Foreign Ownership on Community and Club Identity: A Case Study of Leyton Orient FC'. The British Academy, 2019.
Inoue, Y., Yoshida, M., & Swanson, S. 'Promoting unity in diversity through the Olympics: Multinational comparisons of young adults’ perceived impact between London 2012 and Tokyo 2020'. Olympic Studies Centre, 2019.
Véronique Ambrosini, Jon Billsberry, Steve Swanson
(2023), Event Management, Elmsford, N.Y., C1
Yuhei Inoue, Masayuki Yoshida, Steve Swanson, Dominic Medway
(2023), Vol. 4, pp. 1-10, Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
Steve Swanson, Jon Welty Peachey
(2022), pp. 93-109, A Research Agenda for Sport Management, Cheltenham, Eng., B1
Y Inoue, D Lock, L Gillooly, R Shipway, S Swanson
(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 1-30, Sport Management Review, C1
Steve Swanson, Samuel Todd, Yuhei Inoue, Jon Welty Peachey
(2022), pp. 2-24, Sport Management Review, London, Eng., C1
Simon Lowry, Steve Swanson, Seamus Kelly
(2022), pp. 1-16, Reflective Practice, London, Eng., C1
Jacky Mueller, James Skinner, Steven Swanson, Michael Naraine, Katrien Fransen
(2021), pp. 161-183, Embedded Multi-level leadership in elite sport, New York, NY, B1
Steve Swanson, Holly Collison, Cora Burnett, James Skinner, Fiona Meeks
(2021), Lausanne, Switzerland, A6
Yuhei Inoue, Masayuki Yoshida, Steve Swanson
(2021), Lausanne, Switzerland, A6
S Swanson, J Billsberry, A Kent, J Skinner, J Mueller
(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 640-656, Sport Management Review, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1
C Tian, V De Silva, M Caine, S Swanson
(2020), Vol. 10, Applied Sciences (Switzerland), C1-1
James Skinner, Aaron Smith, Steve Swanson
(2018), Cham, Switzerland, A1-1
J Billsberry, J Mueller, J Skinner, S Swanson, B Corbett, L Ferkins
(2018), Vol. 32, pp. 170-182, Journal of Sport Management, C1
S Swanson, A Kent
(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 352-364, Sport Management Review, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1
S Swanson, A Kent
(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 461-477, Journal of Sport Management, Champaign, Ill., C1-1
S Swanson, A Kent
(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 81-93, Journal of Sport Management, C1-1
Y Inoue, J Plehn-Dujowich, A Kent, S Swanson
(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 73-83, Journal of Sport Management, C1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Other Public Sector Funding
Balancing the Board: Women in Sport Leadership in Victoria
Prof Pamm Phillips, A/Prof Katie Rowe, Dr Steve Swanson, Dr Joshua McLeod
Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Change Our Game Research Grants
- 2023: $2,274
- 2022: $20,473
Developing an AW&E Toolkit: A qualitative study of athlete wellbeing and engagement (AW&E) management in Australian high-performance sport.
Dr Jonathan Robertson, Dr Steve Swanson, A/Prof Katie Rowe, Dr Lisa Olive, A/Prof Severine Lamon, Dr Matthew Dunn, Dr Timothy Piatkowski
AIS Grant - Research - Australian Institute of Sport
- 2023: $44,400
Industry and Other Funding
Basketball Victoria: Positive Start Program Evaluation.
A/Prof Katie Rowe, Prof Pamm Phillips, Dr Steve Swanson, A/Prof Helen Brown
- 2023: $11,118
- 2022: $11,118
No completed student supervisions to report