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Birkbeck set to host conference exploring business evolution and organisational history of football clubs

The unique event will explore the origins and evolution of professional football clubs from a business, management, and organizational history perspective.

A football pitch with players on it

Birkbeck's Sport Business Centre has partnered with the British Academy of Management (BAM) is to run a conference that will explore the origins and evolution of professional football clubs from a business management and organizational history perspective.

Taking place from 22 to 23 June 2023, the event promises to be a fascinating journey into the transformation of football clubs into complex, multimillion-pound businesses over the past century. This unique conference will feature renowned academics and industry experts who will discuss the role of club owners, managers, and players in shaping the business landscape of professional football.

Through presentations and panel sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the history and cultural impact of professional football on communities around the world. The event will provide a platform for academics, researchers, practitioners, and students to share their knowledge and contribute to the ongoing discussion of the future of football clubs.

A keynote address by a leading expert in the field will launch the conference, and will be followed by panel sessions explore topics such as the impact of globalization on the development of football clubs, the relationship between owners and managers, and the role of players in shaping the business landscape. The event will conclude with a Q&A session, giving attendees the chance to engage with the speakers and ask questions on the topics discussed.

Sean Hamil, senior lecturer at Birkbeck commented: "We invite interested parties to submit papers looking at club football from a management and business history perspective, especially those drawing on archival or oral history research. We are excited to welcome participants from around the world to this thought-provoking and insightful exploration of the history and future of professional football clubs. Whether you are an academic, researcher, practitioner, or student, this event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the business of football."

The deadline for paper submissions is April 30 2023, and registration to attend closes on 8 June 2023.

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