The research undertaken by academic staff within the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism focuses on enhancing the sustainable and socially responsible operation of both Australian and international organisations to positively impact stakeholders including shareholders, managers, workers and their communities. This is achieved through evidence-based practice and strong research partnerships with private sector organisations, government, not-for-profit and community-based organisations. Our academic staff research and publish on topics of domestic and international significance in management, human resource management and entrepreneurship, sports management, marketing, tourism, hospitality and events management, and information systems.

La Trobe ranks in the top 3 universities in Victoria for research in Tourism and received an ‘at world standard’ ranking for research in Tourism, as well as for Commerce, Management, Tourism & Services research (ERA 2018 assessment).

The Centre for Sport and Social Impact produces world-class research with a strong community focus. Department of Management, Sport and Tourism academic staff are also making strong contributions to academe through editing some of the world's leading academic journals such as the International Journal of Human Resource Management, the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Travel Research, and Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing.