In general, my research focuses on institutional and organizational change. In particular, I am interested in institutionally disruptive people and organizations. To date, I have focused much of my work in the sport industry and deepened the understanding of how institutions are maintained and how they can be disrupted.
As an example of my work, see my 2018 paper on institutional disruption or my 2020 paper published in Organization discussing the institution of sport as a site for social change. My 2021 paper in Sport Management Education Journal (SMEJ) discusses how unpaid internships leads to racial inequality in the sport industry. This manuscript won the SMEJ Best Paper Award in 2021.
Moreover, I am currently writing a book (under contract with Cornell University/ILR Press) that presents leaders in the sport industry with a roadmap to undoing systemic racism. Focusing on Black talent in the sport industry, I argue the journey has the potential to create pathways for Black professionals to thrive in ways that were previously unimaginable. Over the course of several years, I conducted numerous interviews with senior leaders and staff in professional sports, sports journalists from leading media companies (CNN, USA Today, ESPN, Bleacher Report, and NBA.com), and other industry leaders and stakeholders.
To date, I have authored or co-authored 39 peer-reviewed journal articles. These papers are published in the following journals: Organization, Journal of Management Inquiry, Sport Management Review, Journal of Sport Management, African Journal of Business and Economic Research, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, International Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, among others. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal.