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The Organizational Psychology of Sport

Key Issues and Practical Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Christopher R. D. Wagstaff


276 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology