Challenges and opportunities arising from self-regulated professionalisation processes: an analysis of a Swiss national sport federation

Lang, Grazia; Klenk, Christoffer; Schlesinger, Torsten; Ruoranen, Kaisa; Bayle, Emmanuel; Clausen, Josephine; Giauque, David; Nagel, Siegfried (2020). Challenges and opportunities arising from self-regulated professionalisation processes: an analysis of a Swiss national sport federation. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 12(3), pp. 387-404. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/19406940.2020.1775676

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In recent decades, some governments (e.g. Canada, the UK, Australia) have imposed far-reaching professionalisation processes on national sport federations (NSFs), while others (e.g. Switzerland) have made only minor impositions and relied more on NSFs to self-regulate. As governments must decide on the extent to which sport policy imposes professionalisation processes on NSFs, understanding the challenges and opportunities arising from both policy-imposed and self-regulated professionalisation processes is relevant. However, extant literature has focused mostly on professionalisation processes imposed by sport policy. Therefore, this study aims to analyse the context, action, content and outcome of self-regulated professionalisation processes to identify the challenges and opportunities arising from these processes. A framework of professionalisation and a corresponding processual approach build the conceptual background of this study. A single-case study is applied to enable a holistic and long-term analysis of the proceedings of a Swiss NSF’s professionalisation processes. The results reveal the mechanisms of self-regulated professionalisation processes (i.e. how contexts and actions shape outcome), thus leading to a conceptualisation of these mechanisms and conclusions about challenges and opportunities arising from self-regulated professionalisation processes, which are useful for sport managers and policymakers.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

UniBE Contributor:

Lang, Grazia; Klenk, Christoffer and Nagel, Siegfried

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1940-6940

Publisher:

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

18 Sep 2020 15:23

Last Modified:

13 Oct 2020 08:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/19406940.2020.1775676

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sport policy, self-regulation, imposition, processual analysis, case study

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146585

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146585

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