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Professor Sascha L. Schmidt

Center for Sports and Management

Chairholder

Contact:

+49 (0)211 44709 740
sascha.schmidt[at]whu.edu

  • Chairholder of the Chair for Sports and Management at WHU
  • Academic Director of the European Sports Business Program
  • Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
  • Member of the "Digital Initiative" at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA

 

Vita

Professor Sascha L. Schmidt holds the Chair and is Academic Director of the Center for Sport and Management at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf. He dedicates himself to the "future of sport" as one of his key research areas.

He studied economic sciences at the Universities of Essen and Zurich, where he also graduated with a doctorate. At the invitation of Harvard Business School faculty he worked in Boston as a visiting scholar, after which he joined strategy consulting. After several years at McKinsey, Sascha was appointed director of the ICS research program at the University of St. Gallen, and qualified as a professor at the EBS University (habilitation). He then entered into the world of entrepreneurship, building up the activities of recruitment agency a-connect within Germany. In 2011, he returned to academia and founded the Institute for Sports, Business & Society at EBS University. Sascha joined WHU in 2014. In 2019, he was a lecturer at the first MIT Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

Publications

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Merten, S., Schmidt, S., Winand, M. (accepted pre-print), Organisational capabilities for successful digital transformation: a global analysis of national football associations in the digital age, Journal of Strategy and Management.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Integrated women's football teams can attract larger stadium crowds

Schreyer, D., Hadwiger, J., Schmidt, S. (accepted), Integrated women's football teams can attract larger stadium crowds, European Sport Management Quarterly.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Geissler, D., Beiderbeck, D., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D. (2024), Emerging technologies and shifting consumer motives: projecting the future of the top-tier sports media product, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 203, 123366.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Beiderbeck, D., Evans, N., Frevel, N., Schmidt, S. (2023), The impact of technology on the future of football – a global Delphi study, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 187, 122186.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Identify critical roles to improve performance

Groysberg, B., Lin, E., Naik, A., Schmidt, S. (2023), Identify critical roles to improve performance: putting strategy into play requires knowing your organization’s crucial roles and making sure your best talent occupies them., MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 64 (4), 65122.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Krause, F., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D. (2022), Career adaptability and career success: a constructive replication study, Journal of Personnel Psychology, Vol. 21 (3), pp. 115-124.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Schlembach, C., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Wunderlich, L. (2022), Forecasting the Olympic medal distribution: a socioeconomic machine learning model, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 175, 121314.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Flegr, S., Schmidt, S. (2022), Strategic management in eSports – a systematic review of the literature, Sport Management Review, Vol. 25 (4), pp. 631-655.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Krause, F., Chan, H. F., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Torgler, B. (2022), Which female makes it to the top? exploring the gender differences in the role of nuanced personality and psychosocial traits in elite sports career progression, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol. 138, 103767.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Frevel, N., Beiderbeck, D., Schmidt, S. (2022), The impact of technology on sports – a prospective study, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 182, 121838.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Chan, H. F., Ulrich, F., Altman, H., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Torgler, B. (2022), Beyond performance? The importance of subjective and objective physical appearance in award nominations and receptions in football, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 204, pp. 271-289.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Welzmueller, J., Schmidt, S. (2024), Consumer identification: an interdisciplinary review of the marketing and sport management literature and future research agenda, Management Review Quarterly, Vol. 74 (1), pp. 439-485.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Bünning, F. H., Chan, H. F., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Torgler, B. (2024), Awards are career catalysts for young talents in association football, European Sport Management Quarterly, Vol. 24 (2), pp. 364-382.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Merkel, S., Chan, H. F., Schmidt, S., Torgler, B. (2021), Optimism and positivity biases in performance appraisal ratings: empirical evidence from professional soccer, Applied Psychology : an International Review, Vol. 70 (3), pp. 1100-1127.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Beiderbeck, D., Frevel, N., Von Der Gracht, H., Schmidt, S., Schweitzer, V. (2021), The impact of COVID-19 on the European football ecosystem: a Delphi-based scenario analysis, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 165, 120577.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Merten, S., Schmidt, S., Winand, M. (accepted pre-print), Organisational capabilities for successful digital transformation: a global analysis of national football associations in the digital age, Journal of Strategy and Management.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Integrated women's football teams can attract larger stadium crowds

Schreyer, D., Hadwiger, J., Schmidt, S. (accepted), Integrated women's football teams can attract larger stadium crowds, European Sport Management Quarterly.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Geissler, D., Beiderbeck, D., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D. (2024), Emerging technologies and shifting consumer motives: projecting the future of the top-tier sports media product, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 203, 123366.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Beiderbeck, D., Evans, N., Frevel, N., Schmidt, S. (2023), The impact of technology on the future of football – a global Delphi study, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 187, 122186.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Identify critical roles to improve performance

Groysberg, B., Lin, E., Naik, A., Schmidt, S. (2023), Identify critical roles to improve performance: putting strategy into play requires knowing your organization’s crucial roles and making sure your best talent occupies them., MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 64 (4), 65122.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Krause, F., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D. (2022), Career adaptability and career success: a constructive replication study, Journal of Personnel Psychology, Vol. 21 (3), pp. 115-124.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Schlembach, C., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Wunderlich, L. (2022), Forecasting the Olympic medal distribution: a socioeconomic machine learning model, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 175, 121314.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Flegr, S., Schmidt, S. (2022), Strategic management in eSports – a systematic review of the literature, Sport Management Review, Vol. 25 (4), pp. 631-655.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Krause, F., Chan, H. F., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Torgler, B. (2022), Which female makes it to the top? exploring the gender differences in the role of nuanced personality and psychosocial traits in elite sports career progression, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol. 138, 103767.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Frevel, N., Beiderbeck, D., Schmidt, S. (2022), The impact of technology on sports – a prospective study, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 182, 121838.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Chan, H. F., Ulrich, F., Altman, H., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Torgler, B. (2022), Beyond performance? The importance of subjective and objective physical appearance in award nominations and receptions in football, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 204, pp. 271-289.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Welzmueller, J., Schmidt, S. (2024), Consumer identification: an interdisciplinary review of the marketing and sport management literature and future research agenda, Management Review Quarterly, Vol. 74 (1), pp. 439-485.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Bünning, F. H., Chan, H. F., Schmidt, S., Schreyer, D., Torgler, B. (2024), Awards are career catalysts for young talents in association football, European Sport Management Quarterly, Vol. 24 (2), pp. 364-382.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Merkel, S., Chan, H. F., Schmidt, S., Torgler, B. (2021), Optimism and positivity biases in performance appraisal ratings: empirical evidence from professional soccer, Applied Psychology : an International Review, Vol. 70 (3), pp. 1100-1127.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Beiderbeck, D., Frevel, N., Von Der Gracht, H., Schmidt, S., Schweitzer, V. (2021), The impact of COVID-19 on the European football ecosystem: a Delphi-based scenario analysis, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol. 165, 120577.

Case Study
Oberholzer-Gee, F. / Schmidt, S. L. / Imoberdorf, R. / Koppers, S.
Case Study
Groysberg, B. / Schmidt, S. L. / Hecht, E. M. S.
Case Study
Greyser, S. A. / Schmidt, S. L. / Holzmayer, F. (2018)
Case Study
Lakhani, K. / Schmidt, S. L. (2018)
Case Study
Groysberg, B. / Schmidt, S. L. / Thomke, A. / Herman, K. / Norris, M. (2016)
Case Study
Feng Zhu, Karim R. Lakhani, Sascha L. Schmidt, Kerry Herman
Case Study
Oberholzer-Gee, F. / Schmidt, S. L. / Imoberdorf, R. / Koppers, S.
Case Study
Groysberg, B. / Schmidt, S. L. / Hecht, E. M. S.
Case Study
Greyser, S. A. / Schmidt, S. L. / Holzmayer, F. (2018)
Case Study
Lakhani, K. / Schmidt, S. L. (2018)
Case Study
Groysberg, B. / Schmidt, S. L. / Thomke, A. / Herman, K. / Norris, M. (2016)
Case Study
Feng Zhu, Karim R. Lakhani, Sascha L. Schmidt, Kerry Herman
Book chapter, Sullivan, J. (editor), China's Football Dream, 58-61, University of Nottingham
Schmidt, S. L. (2019)
Book chapter, Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management, 3-19, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London/New York
Schmidt, S. / Holzmayer, F. (2018)

Book chapter, Frey, B.S., Iselin, D. (eds.), Economic Ideas You Should Forget, 119-120, Springer International Publishing, Cham
Schmidt, S. L. (2017)
Book chapter, Nolte, M (Hrsg.), Fußball – Motor des Sportrechts, 9‐21, Deutsche Sporthochschule, Köln

Nutzen Proficlubs der Allgemeinheit? Zur ökonomischen und sozialen Bedeutung von Bundesligaclubs für ihre Heimatstädte.

Schmidt, S. L. / Bünning, F. (2014)
Book chapter, Sullivan, J. (editor), China's Football Dream, 58-61, University of Nottingham
Schmidt, S. L. (2019)
Book chapter, Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management, 3-19, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London/New York
Schmidt, S. / Holzmayer, F. (2018)

Book chapter, Frey, B.S., Iselin, D. (eds.), Economic Ideas You Should Forget, 119-120, Springer International Publishing, Cham
Schmidt, S. L. (2017)
Book chapter, Nolte, M (Hrsg.), Fußball – Motor des Sportrechts, 9‐21, Deutsche Sporthochschule, Köln

Nutzen Proficlubs der Allgemeinheit? Zur ökonomischen und sozialen Bedeutung von Bundesligaclubs für ihre Heimatstädte.

Schmidt, S. L. / Bünning, F. (2014)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. et. al. (2022)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Beiderbeck, D. (2021)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Kurras, L. (2021)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Beiderbeck, D. / Frevel, N. / Krüger, H. (2020)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Schreyer, D. / Krüger, H. (2019)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Beiderbeck, D. / Frevel, N. (2019)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Krause, F. / Päffgen, C. (2018)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Krause, F. (2017)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Schreyer, D. / Päffgen, C. (2017)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. et. al. (2022)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Beiderbeck, D. (2021)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Kurras, L. (2021)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Beiderbeck, D. / Frevel, N. / Krüger, H. (2020)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Schreyer, D. / Krüger, H. (2019)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Beiderbeck, D. / Frevel, N. (2019)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Krause, F. / Päffgen, C. (2018)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Krause, F. (2017)
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Center for Sports and Management (CSM), Düsseldorf/Vallendar
Schmidt, S. L. / Schreyer, D. / Päffgen, C. (2017)
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