Knowledge translation practices, enablers and constraints: bridging the research-practice divide in sport management

Hebe Schaillee, Ramon Spaaij, Ruth Jeanes, Marc Theeboom

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Funding bodies seek to promote scientific research that has a social or economic impact beyond academia, including in sport management. Knowledge translation in sport management remains largely implicit and is yet to be fully understood. This study examines how knowledge translation in sport management can be conceptualized and fostered. The authors draw on a comparative analysis of coproduced research projects in Belgium and Australia to identify the strategic, cognitive, and logistic translation practices that researchers adopt, as well as enablers and constraints that affect knowledge translation. The findings show ways in which knowledge translation may be facilitated and supported, such as codesign, boundary spanning, adaptation of research products, and linkage and exchange activities. The findings reveal individual, organizational, and external constraints that need to be recognized and, where possible, managed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-378
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sport Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • boundary spanning
  • coproduction
  • knowledge mobilization
  • research impact
  • sport for development
  • theory-practice divide

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