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Organizational Culture Beyond Consensus and Clarity : Narratives From Elite Sport (2020)


McDougall, Michael; Ronkainen, Noora; Richardson, David; Littlewood, Martin; Nesti, Mark (2020). Organizational Culture Beyond Consensus and Clarity : Narratives From Elite Sport. Sport Psychologist, 34 (4), 288-299. DOI: 10.1123/tsp.2019-0163


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All authors or editors: McDougall, Michael; Ronkainen, Noora; Richardson, David; Littlewood, Martin; Nesti, Mark

Journal or series: Sport Psychologist

ISSN: 0888-4781

eISSN: 1543-2793

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 34

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 288-299

Publisher: Human Kinetics

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2019-0163

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73406


Abstract

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.


Keywords: sport psychology; organisational psychology; organisational culture; top sports; subcultures; practice; contradictions

Free keywords: applied practice; conflict; interpretation; subculture


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