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Organizational Culture Beyond Consensus and Clarity: Narratives From Elite Sport

McDougall, Michael, Ronkainen, Noora, Richardson, D, Littlewood, M and Nesti, M (2020) Organizational Culture Beyond Consensus and Clarity: Narratives From Elite Sport. SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST, 34 (4). pp. 288-299. ISSN 0888-4781

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In sport psychology, organizational culture is usually depicted as shared, consistent, and clear-the glue that holds people together so they can achieve success. There is, however, growing discontent in sport psychology with this idea of culture and extensive critiques in other academic domains that suggest this perspective is limited. Accordingly, the authors draw on narrative interviews with participants (n = 7) from different areas of sport and use Martin and Meyerson's three perspective (integration, differentiation, and fragmentation) approach to culture alongside thematic analysis to reconstruct three "ideal cases"that exemplify each perspective. The findings emphasize a different pattern of meaning in each actors' narrative and suggest the need to develop a broader, more inclusive concept of culture, so as not to minimize or dismiss cultural content that is not obviously shared, clear, or created by leadership; a course of action that can enhance both research and practice in the area.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST, 2020, 34, 4 :288-299, https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2019-0163 © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Sciences; Science & Technology; Life Sciences & Biomedicine; Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism; Psychology, Applied; Psychology; Sport Sciences; Social Sciences - Other Topics; applied practice; conflict; interpretation; subculture; SHAPING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXTS; PERFORMANCE TEAMS; MANAGEMENT; COACHES; PERSPECTIVES; REFLECTIONS; LEADERSHIP; IRONY; POWER; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1701 Psychology; Sport Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 09:10
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 09:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/tsp.2019-0163
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16788
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