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The Emergence and Perpetuation of a Destructive Culture in an Elite Sport in the United Kingdom

Morris, R, Feddersen, N, Richardson, DJ and Littlewood, MA (2019) The Emergence and Perpetuation of a Destructive Culture in an Elite Sport in the United Kingdom. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

Recent inquiries into elite sports in the United Kingdom have unearthed examples of destructive cultures. Yet, earlier research left destructive cultures overlooked. The purpose of this article is to: (1) outline the process of how a destructive organizational culture emerges and perpetuates in one Olympic sport in the United Kingdom, and (2) the features that regulate the process. We combined Action Research and Grounded Theory in a 16-month longitudinal study. The primary data collection strategies were ethnography and 10 focus groups, with athletes, coaches, parents and the national governing body (NGB). Twenty-six individual interviews with stakeholders supplemented these. A destructive culture emerged during radical changes, and antagonism in the power relations between the NGB and stakeholders characterised this process. Denial of responsibility and social weighting neutralised the stigma of perpetuating antagonism. In conclusion, sports organizations should be vigilant of how ignoring and denying antagonism could lead to a destructive culture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1504 Commercial Services, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sports & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 12:00
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 12:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1680639
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11617

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