Ali Isa Hassan, a researcher at the College of Graduate Studies of the Arab Gulf University (AGU), sought to explore the determinants of social innovation in sports entrepreneurship through a case study in the Kingdom of Bahrain to understand the relationship and impact on work-life balance and other factors.
The research aimed to explore the determinants of social innovation in sports entrepreneurship. The researcher found that although there are several literary works discussing social innovation, few of them addressed the development and promotion of social innovation in sports entrepreneurship, and that no research or evidence of a comprehensive study in the Kingdom of Bahrain was found.
The researcher relied on a model derived from several studies and structured the study’s framework and directions based on those studies. The mixed-method study was conducted in two parts. The qualitative method was used to collect data from primary sources by gathering information from previous literature reviews.
This was followed by an analysis of the previous studies and semi-structured interviews, which led to the identification of the nine key determinants of social innovation in sports entrepreneurship.
Subsequently, a focused group discussion was conducted with sports entrepreneurs in Bahrain. The researcher carried out semi-structured interviews with 89 sports entrepreneurs managing their daily activities within the Kingdom of Bahrain. The qualitative approach also included a focused group discussion with 35 sports entrepreneurs working within the kingdom.
The study’s results supported the relationship between some tested factors and social innovation in sports entrepreneurship. The researcher recommended the utilisation of these findings to contribute to and assist the community in furthering social innovation in sports entrepreneurship.