Mapping cultural dimensions in Australian sporting organisations

Smith, Aaron C. T. and Shilbury, David 2004, Mapping cultural dimensions in Australian sporting organisations, Sport management review, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 133-165, doi: 10.1016/S1441-3523(04)70048-0.

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Title Mapping cultural dimensions in Australian sporting organisations
Author(s) Smith, Aaron C. T.
Shilbury, DavidORCID iD for Shilbury, David
Journal name Sport management review
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 133
End page 165
Total pages 33 pp.
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2004-11
ISSN 1441-3523
Keyword(s) associations, institutions, etc.
organizational behavior
reference groups
cultural values
Summary No research focusing on sport has yet provided a method of charting cultureʼs potential dimensions. The aim of this study was to redress this gap by identifying a set of dimensions that could describe the cultures of Australian sporting organisations. The population for this study included Australian National Sport Organisations (NSOs), State Sport Organisations (SSOs) and clubs participating in national league competitions. Eight sport organisations formed the sample. Data were collected via 24 in-depth interviews. This study revealed 12 dimensions and 68 sub-dimensions of culture, which may be used to begin the process of mapping sport cultures. These results reveal some unique sport dimensions with no single existing dimensional model that captures the collective elements revealed in this study. The unique dimensions revealed in this study include “Rituals”, “Symbols”, “Size”, “History and tradition”, with support for these dimensions found within the sub-dimensional codes. This suggests that the dimensions recorded here might provide a useful launching pad for future studies on sport culture.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1441-3523(04)70048-0
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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