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Navigating the cross-breeze - institutional reciprocity in sport club governance
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)In: The Values of Sport: Between tradition and (post)modernity: Abstract book / [ed] Irena Slepičková, Prague, Czech Republic, 2017, p. 54-55Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Departing from research pointing at sport clubs’ increasingly complex institutional context, and the challenges stemming from this complexity, the purpose of this paper is twofold. First, to push contemporary theoretical boarders in organization studies by making an empirically grounded theorization of one of organizational institutionalism’s basic assumptions: the reciprocal relationship between organizations and their institutional environments. We make the case that such theoretical insights will help us shed light on the antecedents, workings, and effects of processes of change underway in sport clubs and their institutional contexts. Our second purpose is to use the theoretical insights gained to discuss the reciprocal relationship between sport clubs and their surrounding society. We have employed a design based on the assumption that sport club governance is a key site for processes of institutional reciprocity. Hence, our specific focus was on sport clubs’ primary formal decision-making arena: board meetings. Board meetings are expected to be arenas in which ‘top-down input’ from the institutional context are made sense of through ‘bottom-up’ meaning-making processer and converted to ‘output’ in the form of talk, decisions and action that come to make up sport clubs’ institutional context – they are sites wherein reciprocity can be expected to ‘take place’ and thus be observable. We have collected data through one-year video-recordings of board meetings of two sport clubs. Data analysis and theorization will commence in February 2017 and the EASS conference will thus provide an important avenue for a discussion of preliminary findings.

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Prague, Czech Republic, 2017. p. 54-55
Keywords [en]
sport club surroundings; cooperation; club board meetings
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151420OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151420DiVA, id: diva2:1244642
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The 14th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, June 14-17, 2017
Available from: 2018-09-03 Created: 2018-09-03 Last updated: 2018-09-03

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