Organizational Behaviour in Sport

By Bob Stewart, James Skinner

© 2016 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

  • What makes the sports organization different from other commercial organizations?
  • How can managers in sport improve organizational effectiveness?

Sport is a special kind of commercial enterprise. Whether it’s the ability to engender exceptionally high levels of commitment and loyalty or the fact that the employees (athletes) are simultaneously the service provider and the product, the sports organization is different.

This comprehensive and accessible textbook examines the key theories that are used to underpin organizational analysis in sport, helping the student and practitioner to understand the different types of behaviour that occur within the sports organization and to develop ways of managing that behaviour more effectively. The book explores behaviour on individual, interpersonal, group and whole organization levels, and develops an evidence-based framework for analysis built around key concepts such as:

  • motivation
  • rewards and incentives
  • interpersonal relationships
  • power, influence and leadership
  • culture and ideology
  • conflict, disputes and grievances
  • anxiety, stress and alienation
  • equity and inclusion.

With international case-studies and data, review questions and useful guides to further reading included in every chapter, no other textbook develops critical skills or an awareness of ethical issues as effectively as this book. It is important reading for all students and practitioners working in sport, leisure or recreation management.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Sport Environment: Its Unique Contextual Factors 2. Organisational Behaviour. What is it in a Sport Context? 3. Individual Differences, Organisational Learning and Perceptions 4. Attitudes and Job Satisfaction 5. Personality and Values 6. Emotions and Moods 7. Motivation and Application 8. Group Behaviour 9. Communicating in a Sports Context 10. Managing Politics and Power 11. Managing Organisational Conflict 12. Strategic Management and Alliances 13. Organisational Culture 14. Organisational Change and Development 15. Leadership and Contemporary Issues

About the Authors

Prof. James Skinner is Head of Department in the Griffith Business School at Griffith University, Australia.

Prof. Bob Stewart is Associate Professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University, Australia.

About the Series

Foundations of Sport Management

Foundations of Sport Management is a discipline-defining series of texts on core and cutting-edge topics in sport management. Featuring some of the best known and most influential sport management scholars from around the world, each volume represents an authoritative, engaging and self-contained introduction to a key functional area or issue within contemporary sport management. Packed with useful features to aid teaching and learning, the series aims to bridge the gap between management theory and practice and to encourage critical thinking and reflection among students, academics and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects