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Crossing boundaries: An examination of sustainability department and athletics department collaboration regarding environmental issues.

Pfahl, Michael, Casper, Jonathan, Trendafilova, Sylvia, McCullough, Brian P and Nguyen, Sheila N 2014, Crossing boundaries: An examination of sustainability department and athletics department collaboration regarding environmental issues., Communication and sport, Online First, pp. 1-30, doi: 10.1177/2167479513519253.

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Title Crossing boundaries: An examination of sustainability department and athletics department collaboration regarding environmental issues.
Author(s) Pfahl, Michael
Casper, Jonathan
Trendafilova, Sylvia
McCullough, Brian P
Nguyen, Sheila N
Journal name Communication and sport
Season Online First
Start page 1
End page 30
Total pages 30
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2167-4809
Keyword(s) collaboration
intercollegiate
sustainability
environment
Summary Across the world, organizational personnel in various industries are integrating natural environment issues into existing organizational practices. In the intercollegiate sports world, environmental efforts are undertaken as part of a strategic effort involving collaborative processes across university units. The purpose of this study is to develop a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of collaborative processes and practices between personnel in athletics departments and sustainability offices at universities and colleges in the United States. In-depth interviews were conducted with athletics and sustainability department personnel at colleges and universities in the United States. A total of 13 schools were included in the study with 17 participants agreeing to be interviewed. All interviewees were from the middle management level and higher in their respective organizations. Five central themes related to these relationships were found: relationship development, relationship communication, relationship decision-making development, collaborative efforts, and relationship challenges. The themes raise important issues about the diversity of relationships, the communicative and decision-making processes, and the involvement of stakeholders in environmental efforts as well as future research in this area.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2167479513519253
Field of Research 150404 Sport and Leisure Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
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