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dc.contributor.authorGibson, Luke
dc.contributor.authorGroom, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-16T08:35:05Z
dc.date.available2018-07-16T08:35:05Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-13
dc.identifier.citationGibson, L. and Groom, R. (2018) 'The micro-politics of organizational change in professional youth football: towards an understanding of the “professional self”', Managing Sport and Leisure, DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2018.1497527en
dc.identifier.issn23750472
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/23750472.2018.1497527
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/622810
dc.description.abstractOrganizational and managerial change plays a significant role in the employment and working lives of coaches in professional football. However, research that explores how individual coaches experience the change process is limited. The aim of this article is to explore the experiences of Ian (pseudonym), a professional football academy youth coach, during the process of organizational change. Data were collected through field notes, informal observations and meetings, formal academy team meetings, co-worker interviews, and four semi-structured in-depth participant interviews. Findings were analysed through a micro-political framework, with a focus on professional self-understanding. They reveal the importance of micro-political literacy in understanding the impact of organizational change on the participant’s working conditions and continued employment. It is proposed that an understanding of micro-politics, professional self-understanding, and micro-political literacy should be developed in formal coach education programmes to better prepare coaches for the realities of employment in professional football.
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23750472.2018.1497527en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Managing Sport and Leisureen
dc.subjectOrganisational changeen
dc.subjectMicro-politicsen
dc.subjectProfessionalismen
dc.subjectFootballen
dc.titleThe micro-politics of organizational change in professional youth football: towards an understanding of the “professional self”.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn23750480
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentManchester Metropolitan Universityen
dc.identifier.journalManaging Sport and Leisureen
dc.contributor.institutionSport, Outdoor and Exercise Science, University of Derby, Derby, UK
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Exercise & Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Mancheste, UK
html.description.abstractOrganizational and managerial change plays a significant role in the employment and working lives of coaches in professional football. However, research that explores how individual coaches experience the change process is limited. The aim of this article is to explore the experiences of Ian (pseudonym), a professional football academy youth coach, during the process of organizational change. Data were collected through field notes, informal observations and meetings, formal academy team meetings, co-worker interviews, and four semi-structured in-depth participant interviews. Findings were analysed through a micro-political framework, with a focus on professional self-understanding. They reveal the importance of micro-political literacy in understanding the impact of organizational change on the participant’s working conditions and continued employment. It is proposed that an understanding of micro-politics, professional self-understanding, and micro-political literacy should be developed in formal coach education programmes to better prepare coaches for the realities of employment in professional football.


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