Decision-making processes in football clubs associated with an external advisory programme

Egli, Benjamin Thomas; Schlesinger, Torsten; Splinter, Mariëlle; Nagel, Siegfried (2016). Decision-making processes in football clubs associated with an external advisory programme. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 6(4), pp. 386-406. Emerald Group Publishing Limited 10.1108/SBM-02-2015-0005

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to foster a better understanding of how decision-making processes work in sport clubs and to develop appropriate advisory concepts or management tools in order to successfully realize structural changes in sport clubs. This paper examines the decision-making processes associated with an external advisory programme. Based on the assumption of bounded rationality, the garbage can model is used to grasp these decision-making processes theoretically and to access them empirically. Design/methodology/approach Based on a case study framework, an in-depth analysis of the decision-making and implementation processes involved in an advisory programme was performed in ten selected football clubs. Guided interviews were conducted on the basis of the four streams of the garbage can model. The interviews were analysed with qualitative content analysis. Findings Results show that three types of club can be distinguished in terms of their implementation processes: low implementation of the external input; partial implementation of the external input; and rigorous implementation of the external input. In addition, the analysis shows that the participants in the advisory programme are the key actors in both the decision-making process and the implementation. Originality/value The paper provides insights into the practicability of advisory programmes for sport clubs and the transfer to the clubs’ practical decision-making routines. Additionally, it shows how sport clubs deal with (external) advisory impulses, and which different decision-making practices underlie these processes.

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 Science III

UniBE Contributor:

Egli, Benjamin; Schlesinger, Torsten; Splinter, Mariëlle Gezina Antoinette and Nagel, Siegfried

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

2042-678X

Publisher:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fabiola Friolet

Date Deposited:

15 Nov 2016 12:14

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2017 16:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1108/SBM-02-2015-0005

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.89484

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/89484

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