Overview of courses taught in English 2019-2020
SPM323 Comparative Research Project, SPM/IS (10 ECTS) 
Course facts
Course codeSPM323
Course titleComparative Research Project, SPM/IS
Course languageEnglish
Academic responsibleØrnulf Seippel
Teaching semesterFall

The course provides the students with an opportunity to identify, explore, compare and reflect on a topic of special interest in sport management, by developing a research project. The project should address issues within sport management that are addressed to politics, leadership, culture, governance, business, communication, tourism and/or history.

Learning outcome


The students will:

  • understand cross-cultural varieties and similarities in organized sport in different countries as compared to Norwegian sport


The students will:

  • experience and understand research processes and scientific knowledge regarding relevant theories and methods
  • be able to produce a written academic text that portrays the topic in a logical and analytical fashion

General qualification

The students will:

  • be able to work independently on a sport management related topic
Course organization

The project consists of a self-organized research study and writing of an academic report. The work can be carried out individually or in groups of two. There will be 8 hours of classroom sessions including lectures, presentations by students and group discussions. During the lectures the students are given guidance related to the chosen topic, research questions and design, theoretical approach, and relevant literature.

  • Individual written research report (e.g. in the form of an academic article) of a maximum of 6000 words, exclusive table of content, reference list and attachments, graded A-F
Core material

Bergsgard, N. A., Houlihan, B., Mangset, P., Nødland, S. I. & Rommetvedt, H. (2007). Sport policy: A comparative analysis of stability and change. Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann.
* You will find the book in the Library, here: ORIA
** The book is also available online/electronic: Click here to download.
*** NB! To open electronic books off campus, you need to use the following VPN-connection: Click here to download.


NB! To open electronic articles off campus, you need to use the following VPN-connection:
Click here to download.

Smith, Aaron C.T. & Shilbury, D. (2004). Mapping cultural dimensions in Australian Sporting Organisations. Sport Management Review, 7, 133-165. doi: 10.1016/S1441-3523(04)70048-0.
* This article is available online: Click here to download.

Vassil, G. & Sandanski, I. (2008). Understanding the changing nature of sports organisations in transforming societies. Sport Management Review, 11, 21-50. doi: 10.1016/S1441-3523(08)70102-5.
* This article is available online: Click here to download.

* All students must find and study literature about the sport organization in their home country and the one in Norway for comparison.

* Lessons and power point presentations used in class are part of the compulsory reading in the course

* Additional articles or chapters in books may be added to the compulsory reading during the course

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