Simon is a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualified management accountant whose specialist areas of interest are the finance and economics of the sport and leisure industries. Recent research includes: measuring performance in elite sport; assessing the economic impact of major sport and cultural events; assisting National Governing Bodies with their strategic planning; and monitoring and evaluating the impact of sport initiatives and interventions. Simon and the SIRC team are committed to conducting high quality research that makes a positive difference for clients.
Simon Shibli is a graduate in Physical Education, Sport Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University. Since 2004 he has been the Director of the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, where he is also Professor of Sport Management. SIRC is a business unit within the University that has a turnover of £1m per annum and which employs 18 staff. In 2003 Simon was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is one of very few qualified accountants working in sport management in the UK. His main research interests are in the applied use of techniques from the fields of finance and economics to research questions in sport and leisure.
Simon prides himself with two key strengths. First, he uses technical management accounting rigour and common sense, in equal measure, to deliver credible and practical solutions for clients. Second, he is a clear communicator of complex information that is pitched appropriately for the intended audience. As a leader of his team and an academic, Simon's ethos is that managerial excellence and academic excellence are not mutually exclusive. He is in regular demand as a speaker at national and international conferences and is a widely published author of both textbooks and peer reviewed papers with a variety of collaborators from across the world of sport management.
Specialist areas of interest
Financial and economic evaluations in the sport and leisure industries
Economic impact analysis of major events
Participation data analysis including culture and countryside recreation
Research design and implementation
Sport England's National Benchmarking Service
The economic impact of The Open Golf Championship UK Sport Road to Rio events' series
School Games RFU All Schools
RFU Spirit of 2012
S Shibli, T Kokolakakis and L Davies (2014), Child taking part survey: multivariate analysis of the determinants of child participation in arts, sport, heritage, museums and libraries
Sport England Sport Northern Ireland
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club The Rugby Football Union
The Free University of Brussels
The University of Utrecht Victoria University, Melbourne
Waseda University, Tokyo
Funahashi, H., Shibli, S., Sotiriadou, P., Mäkinen, J., Dijk, B., & De Bosscher, V. (2019). Valuing elite sport success using the contingent valuation method: A transnational study. Sport management review. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2019.05.008
Shibli, S. (2019). Strategic analysis of medal markets at the Winter Olympics: Introducing an index to analyse the market potential of sports disciplines. Team Performance Management: An International Journal. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-10-2018-0068
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., Shibli, S., & Kung, S.P. (2018). The performance of local authority sports facilities in England during a period of recession and austerity. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10 (1), 95-111. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2017.1420676
De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., & Weber, A.C. (2018). Is prioritisation of funding in elite sport effective? An analysis of the investment strategies in 16 countries. European Sport Management Quarterly, 19 (2), 221-243. http://doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2018.1505926
Griffiths, K., Bullough, S., Shibli, S., & Wilson, J. (2017). The impact of engagement in sport on graduate employability: implications for higher education policy and practice. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (3), 431-451. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2017.1359648
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
Weber, A.C., Kempf, H., Shibli, S., & De Bosscher, V. (2016). Measuring competition in the Olympic Winter Games 1992–2014 using economic indices. Managing Sport and Leisure, 21 (6), 399-420. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2017.1304232
De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., Westerbeek, H., & van Bottenburg, M. (2016). Convergence and divergence of elite sport policies: is there a one-size-fits-all model to develop international sporting success? Journal of Global Sport Management, 1 (3-4), 70-89. http://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2016.1237203
Ramchandani, G., Davies, L., Coleman, R., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2015). Limited or lasting legacy? : the effect of non-mega sport event attendance on participation. European Sport Management Quarterly, 15 (1), 93-110. http://doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2014.996583
Nevill, A., Donnelly, P., Shibli, S., Foster, C., & Murphy, M. (2014). Modifiable behaviors help to explain the inequalities in perceived health associated with deprivation and social class : evidence from a national sample. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 (2), 339-347. http://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0044
Murphy, M.H., Donnelly, P., Breslin, G., Shibli, S., & Nevill, A.M. (2013). Does doing housework keep you healthy? : the contribution of domestic physical activity to meeting current recommendations for health. BMC public health, 13 (1), 966. http://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-966
Murphy, M.H., Donnelly, P., Shibli, S., Foster, C., & Nevill, A.M. (2012). Physical activity, walking and leanness: an analysis of the Northern Ireland Sport and Physical Activity Survey (SAPAS). Preventive Medicine, 54 (2), 140-144. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.12.008
Shibli, S., Gratton, C., & Bingham, J. (2012). A forecast of the performance of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Managing Leisure, 17 (2-3), 274-290. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2012.674387
Shibli, S., Gratton, C., & Bingham, J. (2012). A forecast of the performance of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Managing Leisure, 17 (2-3), 274-290. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2012.674399
De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., van Bottenburg, M., De Knop, P., & Truyens, J. (2010). Developing a method for comparing the elite sport systems and policies of nations : a mixed research methods approach. Journal of Sport Management, 24 (5), 567-600. http://journals.humankinetics.com/AcuCustom/SiteName/Documents/DocumentItem/05DeBosscher_jsm_2008_0165_567-600.pdf
Liu, Y.-.D., Taylor, P., & Shibli, S. (2009). Measuring customer service quality of English public sport facilities. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing (IJSMM), 6 (3), 229-252. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJSMM.2009.029087
De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., van Bottenburg, M., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2009). Explaining international sporting success: an international comparison of elite sport systems and policies in six countries. Sport Management Review, 12 (3), 113-136. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2009.01.001
Liu, Y.-.D., Taylor, P., & Shibli, S. (2009). Sport equity : benchmarking the performance of English public sport facilities. European Sport Management Quarterly, 9 (1), 3-21. http://doi.org/10.1080/16184740802461686
Liu, Y.-.D., Taylor, P., & Shibli, S. (2008). Utilizing importance data to identify customer segments for English public sport facilities. Managing Leisure, 13 (3-4), 189-206. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710802200886
Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2008). A forecast of the performance of China in the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 and the underlying performance management issues. Managing Leisure, 13 (3-4), 272-292. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710802200977
De Bosscher, V., Heyndels, B., De Knop, P., van Bottenburg, M., & Shibli, S. (2008). The paradox of measuring success of nations in elite sport. BELGEO, 9 (2), 1-18. http://www.srbg.be/bel08_2.htm
De Bosscher, V., Heyndels, B., De Knop, P., Van Bottenburg, M., & Shibli, S. (2008). The paradox of measuring success of nations in elite sport. BELGEO, (2), 217-234. http://doi.org/10.4000/belgeo.10303
Liu, Y.-.D., Taylor, P., & Shibli, S. (2007). The operational efficiency of English public sport facilities. Managing Leisure, 12 (4), 251-272. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710701546827
Barlow, M., & Shibli, S. (2007). Audience development in the arts : a case study of chamber music. Managing Leisure, 12 (2-3), 102-119. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710701339272
Gratton, C., Shibli, S., & Coleman, R. (2006). The economic impact of major sports events : a review of ten events in the UK. The Sociological Review, 54 (S2), 41-58. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2006.00652.x
De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., Van Bottenburg, M., & Shibli, S. (2006). A conceptual framework for analysing sports policy factors leading to international sporting success. European Sport Management Quarterly, 6 (2), 185-215. http://doi.org/10.1080/16184740600955087
Mulder, C., Shibli, S., & Hale, J. (2006). Rights of way improvement plans and increased access to the countryside in England : some key issues concerning supply. Managing Leisure, 11 (2), 96-115. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710500520163
Mulder, C., Shibli, S., & Hale, J. (2005). Young people's demand for countryside recreation : a function of supply, tastes and preferences? Managing Leisure, 10 (2), 106-127. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606710500146225
Shibli, S., & Coleman, R. (2005). Economic impact and place marketing evaluation : a case study of the World Snooker Championship. International Journal of Event Management Research, 1 (1), 13-29. http://www.ijemr.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/shibliandcoleman.pdf
Solberg, H., Andersson, T., & Shibli, S. (2002). An exploration of the direct economic impacts from business travelers at world championships. Event Management, 7 (3), 151-164. http://doi.org/10.3727/152599502108751550
Gratton, C., Dobson, N., & Shibli, S. (2000). The economic importance of major sports events : a case-study of six events. Managing Leisure, 5 (1), 17-28. http://doi.org/10.1080/136067100375713
Shibli, S., & Gratton, C. (1999). Assessing the public profile of major sports events : a case study of the European Short Course Swimming Championships. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 1 (3). http://www.imrpublications.com/imr/journal-landing.aspx?volno=1&no=3
Shibli, S., & Wilkinson-Riddle, G.J. (1998). An examination of the first class county cricket championship as an effective structure for producing equivalently proficient Test match teams. Managing Leisure, 3 (2), 85-97. http://doi.org/10.1080/136067198376094
Owen, E., & Shibli, S. (1998). Pricing issues relating to contemporary dance audiences in Sheffield. Managing Leisure, 3 (4), 181-193. http://doi.org/10.1080/136067198375969
Nichols, G., Gratton, C., Shibli, S., & Taylor, P. (1998). Local Authority support to volunteers in sports clubs. Managing Leisure, 3 (3), 119-127. http://doi.org/10.1080/136067198376021
Shibli, S., & Owen, E. (1998). Audience for contemporary dance : key issues arising from a major study in Sheffield. International Journal of Market Research, 40 (3). https://www.mrs.org.uk/ijmr_article/article/13530
Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., Davies, L., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2017). Valuing the inspirational impacts of major sports events. In Lundberg, E., Armbrecht, J., Andersson, T.D., & Getz, D. (Eds.) The value of events. (pp. 136-158). Abingdon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Value-of-Events/Lundberg-Armbrecht-Andersson-Getz/p/book/9781138678415
Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., Davies, L., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2017). Valuing the inspirational impacts of major sports events. In The Value of Events. (pp. 124-135). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315558950
Gratton, C., Shibli, S., & Coleman, R. (2016). Sport and economic regeneration in cities. In Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management. (pp. 357-366). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315753461
de Bosscher, V., van Bottenburg, M., & Shibli, S. (2013). Methodologies for identifying and comparing success factors in elite sport policies. In Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy. (pp. 197-211). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203807217
Shibli, S., de Bosscher, V., & van Bottenburg, M. (2013). Measuring and forecasting elite sporting success. In Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy. (pp. 212-224). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203807217
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/
Shibli, S. (2010). Managing finances. In Managing Voluntary Sport Organizations. (pp. 99-120). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203881354
Gratton, C., Shibli, S., & Coleman, R. (2004). The economics of sport tourism at major sports events. In Sport Tourism Destinations: Issues, Opportunities and Analysis. (pp. 233-247). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780080474434
de Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., Westerbeek, H., & van Bottenburg, M. (2015). Successful elite sport policies : an international comparison of the sports Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS 2.0) in 15 nations. Meyer & Meyer Sport. http://www.dersportverlag.de/successful-elite-sport-policies-9781782550761.html
Schwatz, E.C., Hall, S.A., & Shibli, S. (2010). Sport facility operations management : a global perspective. Oxford, England: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Schwarz, E.C., Hall, S.A., & Shibli, S. (2009). Sport facility operations management. http://doi.org/10.4324/9781856178372
De Bosscher, V., Bingham, J., Shibli, S., Bottenburg, M.V., & De Knop, P. (2007). The global sporting arms race : an international comparative study on sports policy factors leading to international sporting success. Meyer & Meyer Sport. http://www.m-m-sports.com/shop/en/the-global-sporting-arms-race-4655.html
Shibli, S., & Robbins, D. (1995). Leisure manager's guide to budgeting and budgetary control. London: Longman.
Hart, G., Shibli, S., Bullough, S., & Barrett, D. (2015). School Games Mark Validation : Final Report : Year 3 (2013-14). Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.sportengland.org/media/792477/school-mames-mark-report-2014.pdf
Shibli, S., Bullough, S., Coleman, R., Gregory, M., Hart, G., & Ramchandani, G. (2009). Everyday Swim (2006-2009) Final Report. Amateur Swimming Association. http://www.swimming.org/assets/uploads/library/Microsoft_Word_-_ES_FinalReport.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
Blackshaw, S. (2016). The changing face of gambling: an investigation of serious leisure horserace gamblers. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Shibli, S., Fielding-Lloyd, B., & Woodhouse, D.
Shibli, S. (2015). Performance analysis in sport and leisure management. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Davies, L.
Ramchandani, G. (2014). Economic, sport development and elite performance consequences of sports events. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Shibli, S.
Donnelly, P.F. (2013). Physical activity, health and wellness levels amongst adults in Northern Ireland. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Shibli, S., & Dobson, J.
Donlan, L.K. (2008). The contribution of sports sponsorship to consumer-based brand equity. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Gratton, C., & Shibli, S.
Plumley, D.J. (n.d.). Alternative approaches to financial and sportingperformance measurement in English professional football. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Shibli, S., & Wilson, R.
Director and chair of Forced Entertainment Ltd
5 current full and part time students
7 PhD completions
1 MPhil completion
Simon specialises in the economic and financial aspects of the sport and leisure industries, with a particular focus on the impact of major sporting events. He leads the Sports Industry Research Centre (SIRC) team at the University and is also a qualified management accountant.