1st Edition

The Organizational Psychology of Sport Key Issues and Practical Applications

Edited By Christopher R. D. Wagstaff Copyright 2017
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    294 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This ground-breaking book is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of how organizational psychology can be used to understand and improve performance in elite sport. Using recent theoretical advances from this burgeoning area of research, each chapter offers key conceptual issues and practical insights across a range of topics.

    The book is structured into four constituent parts,

    • Attitudes and emotions in sports organizations
    • Stress and well-being in sports organizations
    • Behaviors in sports organizations
    • Environments in sports organizations

    Covering key areas such as attitudes to employment, conflict and change management, leadership, and relationships with the mass media, the book shines a spotlight on how organizational issues play a fundamental role in the experience of individuals and teams.

    In an era of ever-increasing professionalism in sport, the book provides an invaluable new perspective on performance at the elite level. Including contributions from an international range of academics and practitioners, it will be essential reading for any student or practitioners within sport and exercise psychology.

    1. Organizational Psychology in Sport: An Introduction Christopher R. D. Wagstaff  Part I: Attitudes and Emotions in Sport Organizations  2. Commitment in Sport and Exercise: Implications for Individual, Group, and Organizational Functioning Ben Jackson, Daniel F. Gucciardi, Ken Hodge, and James A. Dimmock  3. Emotions in Sport Organizations Christopher R. D. Wagstaff and Sheldon Hanton  4. Attitudes to Employment in Sport Organizations Sarah Gilmore  Part II: Stress and Well-Being in Sport Organizations  5. Stress in Sport: The Role of the Organizational Environment David Fletcher and Rachel Arnold  6. Well-Being in Sport Organizations Rich Neil, Helen M. McFarlane, and Andrew P. Smith  7. Resilience in Sport: A Critical Review of Psychological Processes, Sociocultural Influences, and Organizational Dynamics Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Mustafa Sarkar, Claire L. Davidson, and David Fletcher  Part III: Behaviors in Sport Organizations  8. Leadership in Sport Organizations Calum A. Arthur, Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, and Lew Hardy  9. Prosocial and Antisocial Behaviors in Sport Organizations  Maria Kavussanu and Nicholas Stanger 10. Media Behavior in Sport  Elsa Kristiansen, Frank E. Abrahamsen, and Paul M. Pedersen  Part IV: Environments in Sport Organizations 11. The Social Environment in Sport Organizations Luc Martin, Mark Eys, and Kevin Spink  12. Optimal Environments for Team Functioning in Sport Organizations Katrien Fransen, Filip Boen, Jeroen Stouten, Stewart Cotterill, and Gert Vande Broek  13. "We are in This Together": A Social Identity Perspective on Change and Conflict Management


    Christopher R. D. Wagstaff is a Principal Lecturer and the Discipline Director for sport and exercise psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has been a consultant to a number of organizations operating in high pressure environments, both in sport and beyond.

    "The thematic areas of this compilation span attitudes and emotions, stress and wellbeing, behaviors, and environmental aspects. Each of these areas features chapters authored by world authorities . . . I highly endorse this book for graduate students and established faculty alike!" Robert J. Schinke, Canada Research Chair in Multicultural Sport and Physical Activity, Laurentian University, Canada

     "With over 30 internationally renowned experts, this edited text fills an important void on how sport psychologists can help organizations and teams. Filled with the latest research and practical applications, it follows the classic scientist-practitioner model. A must read for anyone seriously interested in how psychology can affect and enhance sport teams." Robert Weinberg, Miami University-Ohio, USA