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Organizational (non)change in Swedish community sport organizations: the example of Drive-in sport
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (English)In: The World Congress of Sociology of Sport: Book of Abstracts, Vancouver, 2013, 34-35 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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The purpose of this study was to understandchange in community sport organizations (CSOs) byexamining the introduction and organizing ofspontaneous sport activities labeled drive‐in sportin 6 Swedish CSOs. Drive‐in sport activities differfrom the regular activities of Swedish CSOs in thatthey are meant to be: targeted at non‐affiliatedyouths, free of charge, led by paid staff, and focuson the intrinsic value of sport. Drawing on thetheoretical concepts of translation andorganizational identity, data from 10 interviewswere analyzed to answer: 1. How and why was theISSA 2013 World Congress – Book of Abstracts34idea of drive‐in sport interpreted and acted upon inrelation to existing CSO activities? 2. What was theoutcome, in terms of organizational change, of theCSOs’ encounter with drive‐in sport? The findingsshow that drive‐in sport was approached throughthe present self‐identification of the CSOs, meaningit was translated into something that is in line withor beneficial for existing core activities. Therefore,while drive‐in sport at first glance may seem tohave changed the CSOs, a closer examinationreveals a reproduction of their organizationalidentities. The findings are discussed in relation tothe (mis)alignment of the drive‐in sport idea withthe CSOs’ institutional context, as well as the futurepotential of the drive‐in sport idea to lead toorganizational change. Based on the findings of thestudy, policy‐makers as well as leaders of CSOs areadvised to align new ideas on organizing witheither existing CSO activities or ongoing changes inthe CSO’s institutional context.

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Vancouver, 2013. 34-35 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-73285OAI: diva2:630788
ISSA The World Congress of Sociology of Sport, 2013, 12-15 June, Vancouver, Canada
Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-19 Last updated: 2014-05-15Bibliographically approved

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