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Dr Rob Wilson

Head of Department; Finance, Accounting & Business Systems


Summary

I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2002 to teach financial reporting, management accounting and economic decision making in the sport business industry. In 2019 I moved to Sheffield Business School to become Head of Department for Finance, Accounting & Business Systems; a department that is progressive and forward looking, engaged with industry and which offers uniquely applied degree and postgraduate programmes. My main research interests are in the finance, economics and governance of professional team sports and my PhD focused on the factors affecting financial performance in professional team sport. I routinely present my work at major conferences, serve on several editorial boards for leading journals and have numerous publications in the sport management field. I contribute regularly to media items discussing the finances of sport and football with local, national and international media outlets.



About

I have been involved in the business of sport since 1998 and have taught at Sheffield Hallam University since 2002. My main teaching and research interests are in the finance and economics of sport and leisure and my MPhil was based on the economics of sport events. I am an active researcher and have published five books; 'Finance for sport and leisure managers: An introduction', 'Managing Sport Finance', 'Sport Management; The Basics', 'Managing and Developing Community Sport' and 'The Handbook of Sport Governance'; numerous chapters on finance and financial management in sport and a number of peer reviewed journal articles. Because of my extended publications record, Sheffield Hallam University approved my PhD, on the basis of published work, in 2017. My experience also extends to involvement in major contracted research projects with the Sport Industry Research Centre including the economic impact of major sport events such as the London Marathon, sponsorship perceptions at the F1 British Grand Prix and environmental impacts at the Women's Rugby World Cup.

 I was appointed to the role of Head of Department in the Sheffield Business School in May 2019 and have held a variety of leadership roles in Higher Education. Prior to a moving into a Subject Group Leader role with the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity I was responsible for the strategic management of the external relations portfolio which included recruitment activity, managing and enhancing sport partnerships to provide volunteer internship positions, the marketing and communications strategy and new business development. As a subject head, I was responsible for the delivery of the Sport Business Management programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, at home and with a partner University in Hong Kong. I now lead a team of 58 academic staff to ensure an outstanding student experience, market leading delivery and strong student recruitment.

Additionally, I am a regular commentator and panellist for national and international broadcasts such as BBC TV, Al Jazeera and ESPN, on national radio broadcasts such as Radio 5live and Talk Sport and in print with the Wall Street Journal, Times, Daily Telegraph, FT and Der Speigel. My function here is to provide a detailed, yet user friendly analysis, on the financial implications of a variety of scenarios on sport, and football specifically. This work often bridges the gap between academic practice and the public.

 My research interests extend to the financial health of sport organisations; Economic decision making in professional sport; The ownership structure of professional sport teams; Accounting and finance in a sporting context; Performance measurement and organisational performance in professional sport teams; Corporate Social Responsibility in, and through, sport; and Governance in professional team sports. I am a member of the European Association of Sport Management and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.





Teaching

Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Research

ESRC/UKRI; Counting the cost of covid-19 on football and its communities

Publications

Key Publications

Wilson, R., Plumley, D.J., & Ramchandani, G. (2013). The relationship between ownership structure and club performance in the English Premier League. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 3 (1), 19-36. http://doi.org/10.1108/20426781311316889

Plumley, D.J., Wilson, R., & Shibli, S. (2017). A holistic performance assessment of English Premier League football clubs 1992-2013. Journal of Applied Sport Management, 9 (1). http://doi.org/10.18666/JASM-2017-V9-I1-7353

Wilson, R., Ramchandani, G., & Plumley, D.J. (2018). Parachute payments in English football: Softening the landing or distorting the balance? Journal of Global Sport Management, 3 (4), 351-368. http://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2018.1441740

Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2018). The unintended consequence of Financial Fair Play: An examination of competitive balance across five European football leagues. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal. http://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-03-2018-0025

Journal articles

Francois, A., Dermit-Richard, N., Plumley, D., Wilson, R., & Heutte, N. (2021). The effectiveness of UEFA Financial Fair-Play: Evidence from England and France, 2008-2018. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal. http://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-03-2021-0024

Fry, J., Serbera, J.-.P., & Wilson, R. (2021). Managing performance expectations in association football. Journal of Business Research, 135, 445-453. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.06.052

Mondal, S., Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2021). The Evolution of Competitive Balance in Men's International Cricket. Managing Sport and Leisure. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2021.1938175

Plumley, D., Serbera, J.-.P., & Wilson, R. (2020). Too big to fail? Accounting for Predictions of Financial Distress in English Professional Football Clubs. Journal of Applied Accounting Research. http://doi.org/10.1108/JAAR-05-2020-0095

Bond, A.J., Cockayne, D., Ludvigsen, J.A.L., Maguire, K., Parnell, D., Plumley, D., ... Wilson, R. (2020). COVID-19: the return of football fans. Managing Sport and Leisure. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1841449

Wilson, R., Plumley, D., Mondal, S., & Parnell, D. (2020). Challenging parachute payments and unmasking English football’s finances. Managing Sport and Leisure. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1792745

Parnell, D., & Wilson, R. (2020). Reflecting on our heritage and planning our future: 25 years of managing sport and leisure. Managing Sport and Leisure, 25 (4), 241-245. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1730571

Plumley, D., Mondal, S., Wilson, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2020). Rising stars: competitive balance in five Asian football leagues. Journal of Global Sport Management. http://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2020.1765700

Parnell, D., Widdop, P., Bond, A., & Wilson, R. (2020). COVID-19, networks and sport. Managing Sport and Leisure, 1-7. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2020.1750100

Wilson, R., Plumley, D., & Flint, S. (2019). Making sense of the sack race: the impact of managerial change in the English Football League. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal. http://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-10-2018-0079

Ramchandani, G., Plumley, D., Preston, H., & Wilson, R. (2019). Does size matter? An investigation of competitive balance in the English Premier League under different league sizes. Team performance management. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-10-2018-0064

Liu, D., Wilson, R., Plumley, D., & Chen, X. (2019). Perceived corporate social responsibility performance in professional football and its impact on fan-based patronage intentions: An example from Chinese football. International journal of sports marketing and sponsorship. http://doi.org/10.1108/ijsms-06-2018-0059

Plumley, D., Wilson, R., Millar, R., & Shibli, S. (2019). Howzat? The Financial Health of English Cricket: Not Out, Yet. International Journal of Financial Studies, 7 (1), 11. http://doi.org/10.3390/ijfs7010011

Ramchandani, G., Plumley, D., Boyes, S., & Wilson, R. (2018). A longitudinal and comparative analysis of competitive balance in five European football leagues. Team Performance Management, 24 (5/6), 265-282. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-09-2017-0055

Plumley, D.J., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2018). Mind the gap: an analysis of competitive balance in the English football league system. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing (IJSMM), 18 (5), 357-375. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJSMM.2018.094344

Bachmaier, B., Lammert, J., Plumley, D., Wilson, R., & Hovemann, G. (2018). Regulatory intensity in English and German professional football: A comparative analysis of national requirements for ensuring financial stability. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 8 (3), 276-297. http://doi.org/10.1108/sbm-02-2017-0012

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D.J. (2017). Different shaped ball, same financial problems? A holistic performance assessment of English Rugby Union (2006-2015). Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 7 (2). http://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-10-2016-0063

Wilson, R. (2017). Guest editorial: Performance strategies for meeting multiple objectives : thecase of professional sport teams. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 7 (2), 114-120. http://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-03-2017-0017

Flint, S., Plumley, D.J., & Wilson, R. (2015). Managerial sacking : ethical considerations. Marketing Intelligence & Planning. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/mip

Wilson, R., Plumley, D.J., & Barrett, D. (2015). Staring into the abyss? : the state of UK rugby's Super League. Managing Sport and Leisure, 20 (6), 293-310. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2016.1141367

Liu, D., Broom, D., & Wilson, R. (2014). Legacy of the Beijing Olympic Games: a non-host city perspective. European Sport Management Quarterly, 14 (5), 485-502. http://doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2014.947301

Flint, S., Plumley, D.J., & Wilson, R. (2014). You don't know what you're doing! The impact of managerial change on club performance in the English Premier League. Managing Leisure, 19 (6), 390-399. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2014.910000

Plumley, D.J., Wilson, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2014). Towards a model for measuring holistic performance of professional Football clubs. Soccer and Society, 18 (1), 16-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2014.980737

Liu, D., & Wilson, R. (2014). The negative impacts of hosting mega-sporting events and intention to travel: a test of the crowding-out effect using the London 2012 Games as an example. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS MARKETING & SPONSORSHIP, 15 (3), 161-175.

Liu, D., & Wilson, R. (2014). The negative impacts of hosting mega-sporting events and intention to travel: a test of the crowding-out effect using the London 2012 Games as an example. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 15 (3), 12-26. http://doi.org/10.1108/IJSMS-15-03-2014-B003

Wilson, R. (2007). Book Review. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 12 (1), 53-56. http://doi.org/10.1080/14775080701497014

Wilson, R., Hassall, T., Joyce, J., Piekarz, M., & Arquero Montano, J.L. (2006). Numeracy and literacy in sports studies students: barriers to skills development. Journal of hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism education, 5 (2), 59-70. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/hlst/documents/johlste/vol5no2/0097.pdf

Wilson, R. (2006). The economic impact of local sport events: Significant, limited or otherwise? A case study of four swimming events. Managing Leisure, 11 (1), 57-70. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710500445718

Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., Mondal, S., & Wilson, R. (n.d.). Looking forward, Glancing back: Competitive balance and the English Premier League. Soccer and Society.

Conference papers

Plumley, D., Wilson, R., & Warren, C. (2021). Competitive Balance and the Emergence of "Big Clubs" in Major League Soccer [Abstract only]. In 2021 North American Society for Sport Management Conference (NASSM 2021), Online, 3 June 2021 - 5 June 2021. https://www.nassm.org/files/conf_abstracts/2021-175.pdf

Millar, R., Plumley, D., Wilson, R., & Dickson, G. (2020). Cricket’s financial Ashes: A model of economic dependency [abstract only]. In SMAANZ Week 2020 Program, 30 November 2020 - 2020. https://smaanz.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/ali_a_abstract-merged-1.pdf

Sela, O., Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2020). Examining athletes’ leadership skills development and transfer from sport to business [abstract only]. In SMAANZ Week 2020 Program, 30 November 2020 - 2020. https://smaanz.wordpress.com/smaanzweekprogram/

Plumley, D., Mondal, S., Wilson, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2019). Rising stars. Competitive balance in five Asian football leagues [abstract only]. In Breitbarth, T., Bodet, G., Luna, Á.F., Naranjo, P.B., & Bielons, G. (Eds.) European Association for Sport Management, (pp. 41). European Association for Sport Management: https://easm2019.com/BOAEASM2019.pdf

Plumley, D., Wilson, R., Millar, R., & Shibli, S. (2019). Howzat? The Financial Health of English Cricket: Not Out, Yet [abstract only]. In European Association for Sport Management, (pp. 43-45). EASM

Catlin, E., Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2019). Competitive balance in professional team sports: A systematic review [abstract only]. In Breitbarth, T., Bodet, G., Luna, Á.F., Naranjo, P.B., & Bielons, G. (Eds.) European Association for Sport Management, (pp. 208-209). EASM: https://easm2019.com/BOAEASM2019.pdf

Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., Wilson, R., & Preston, H. (2018). Does size matter? An investigation of competitive balance under different league sizes. In European Academy of Management.

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2018). The unintended consequence of Financial Fair Play: An examination of competitive balance across five European leagues [abstract only]. In EASM 2018, Malmö, Sweden, 5 September 2018 - 8 September 2018. https://www.easm.net/download/2018/The-Unintended-Consequence-of-Financial-Fair-Play-An-Examination-of-Competitive-Balance-across-Five-European-Football-Leagues-.pdf

Ramchandani, G., Plumley, D., Boyes, S., & Wilson, R. (2018). A longitudinal and comparative analysis of competitive balance in five European football leagues [abstract only]. In EASM 2018, Malmo, Sweden, 5 September 2018 - 8 September 2018. https://www.easm.net/download/2018/A-Longitudinal-and-Comparative-Analysis-of-Competitive-Balance-in-Five-European-Football-Leagues-.pdf

Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (2018). Preface. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport, (pp. xiii-xvii). London: Routledge

Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (2018). Preface. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport, (pp. xiii-xvii). London: Routledge

Wilson, R., Plumley, D., & Ramchandani, G. (2017). Parachute payments in English football; softening the landing or distorting the balance? [abstract only]. In EASM 2017, Bern and Magglingen, Switzerland, 2 September 2017 - 8 September 2017. https://www.easm.net/download/2017/Parachute-Payments-In-English-Football-Softening-The-Landing-Or-Distorting-The-Balance.pdf

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2017). Making Sense of the Sack Race; The Impact of Managerial Change in the English Football League [abstract only]. In EASM 2017, Bern and Magglingen, Switzerland, 2 September 2017 - 8 September 2017. https://www.easm.net/download/2017/EASM2017_BookofAbstracts-135-136.pdf

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2015). Breaking the code; a financial comparison of rugby union and rugby league in England. In European Association for Sport Management.

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2015). Different shaped ball, same financial concerns: the financial health of rugby union in England. In European Association for Sport Management.

Wilson, R., Plumley, D., & Barrett, D. (2014). Staring at the abyss; the state of the Super League. In European Association for Sport Management.

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2014). The English Premier League at 20; economic crisis or financial power? In European Association for Sport Management.

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2013). The establishment of a model to measure financial and sporting performance in professional team sports. In European Association for Sport Management.

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2013). The establishment and utilisation of a model to examine financial and sporting performance in the English Premier League since its inception in 1992. In European Association for Sport Management.

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2012). Problems Ahead? UEFA Financial Fair Play and the English Premier League. In European Association of Sport Management.

Plumley, D., Wilson, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2012). Where next for FFP? Towards a model for measuring financial performance and financial sustainability in the English Premier League. In European Association for Sport Management.

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2011). Ownership Structure and Financial Crisis in the English Premier League. In European Association of Sport Management.

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2010). The Premier League of Nations; Foreign owned or English owned, does it really make that much financial difference? In European Association of Sport Management.

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2009). Is Foreign Investment in English Football really worth it? In European Association of Sport Management.

Wilson, R. (2004). Are the public and private sectors missing economic opportunities with local sport events? A case study analysis of the economic impacts of 4 swimming events. In Coleman, R. (Ed.) 12th EASM Congress, Ghent, Belgium.

Book chapters

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2019). Corporate Ownership in Sport. In Who Owns Sport?. Routledge

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2018). Finance and Accounting in Football. In Chadwick, S., Parnell, D., Widdop, P., & Anagnostopoulos, C. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management. (pp. 186-198). Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Football-Business-and-Management-1st-Edition/Chadwick-Parnell-Widdop-Anagnostopoulos/p/book/9781138579071

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2018). Finance and budgeting for community sport and physical activity. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 161-179). London: Taylor and Francis: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317201106

Wilson, R., & Plumley, D. (2018). Finance and budgeting for community sport and physical activity. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 161-179). London: Taylor and Francis: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317201106

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2018). Corporate social responsibility in community sport management. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 81-92). London: Routledge: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317201106

Plumley, D., & Wilson, R. (2018). Corporate social responsibility in community sport management. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 81-92). London: Routledge: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317201106

Kitchin, P., & Wilson, R. (2016). Managing the finances of sport mega-events. In Frawley, S. (Ed.) Managing sport mega-events. (pp. 73-88). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315757643

Wilson, R. (2012). Event finance. In Bladen, C., Kennell, J., Abson, E., & Wilde, N. (Eds.) Events management : an introduction. (pp. 136-161). Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415577427/

Shibli, S., & Wilson, R. (2011). Budgeting and budgetary control in sport. In Trenberth, L., & Hassan, D. (Eds.) Managing sport business : an introduction. (pp. 185-208). Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415570299/

Wilson, R. (2010). Financial management in sport and leisure. In Taylor, P. (Ed.) Torkilsden's Sport and Leisure Management. (pp. 485-510). Oxon: Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415497930/

Wilson, R., Stringer, E., & Nortcliffe, A. (2010). Putting Students in the Lecturers Shoes. In Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.) CPLA Case Studies. (pp. 229-235). Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, Sheffield Hallam University: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources/CPLA_Case_Studies_Volume_2.pdf

Books

Carpenter, K., Bennett, A., & Wilson, R. (2019). Sports Governance Handbook. https://www.wildy.com/isbn/9781860727658

Wilson, R., & Piekarz, M. (2015). Sport Management: The Basics. Routledge.

Wilson, R. (2011). Managing sport finance. Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415581806/

Wilson, R., & Joyce, J. (n.d.). Finance for Sport and Leisure Managers. Routledge. http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203934425

Scholarly editions

(2016). Economics of sport and recreation. http://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2015.1053706

Theses / Dissertations

Wilson, R. (2017). An analysis of factors affecting financial performance in English professional team sports. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ramchandani, G. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00060

Plumley, D.J. (2014). Alternative approaches to financial and sportingperformance measurement in English professional football. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Shibli, S., & Wilson, R.

Internet Publications

Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2019). Editorial: Performance management in professional team sport. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-07-2019-0067

Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2019). Guest editorial. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-06-2019-080

Other activities

Editor-in-Chief Managing Sport and Leisure; An International Journal.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Daniel Plumley (2014) Measuring financial and sporting performance in English professional football.

Media

I am a sport finance expert with research interests in the financial sustainability of professional football; the financial health of Rugby Union and Rugby League; the impact of managerial change in professional football; competitive balance in the English Football League System and the impact of Financial Fair Play (FFP) on European football.

I am a commentator and panellist in national and international media talking about the economic impact of promotion and relegation, the re-branding of football clubs and impact of governance and regulation on sport, appearing regularly with on television for the BBC TV, Al Jazeera and ESPN, on national radio broadcasts such as Radio 5live and Talk Sport and in print with the Wall Street Journal, Times, Daily Telegraph, FT and Der Speigel. My function here is to provide a detailed, yet user friendly analysis, on the financial implications of a variety of scenarios on sport, and football specifically. This work often bridges the gap between academic practice and the public.



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