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Perceptions of Role Ambiguity by Chairpersons and Executive Directors in Queensland Sporting Organisations

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  • Schulz, John
  • Auld, Christopher
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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of role ambiguity experienced by the chairpersons and executive directors of Queensland State Sporting Organisations, specifically how role ambiguity was related to organisational design, satisfaction with organisational communication, and tenure. Data were collected by means of a mailed self-administered questionnaire from a sample of 118 paid executive directors and volunteer elected chairpersons. A response rate of 68% was obtained. The results indicated that there was no significant difference in the perception of role ambiguity by chairpersons and executive directors. However, role ambiguity was negatively related to organic organisational design, satisfaction with communication, and tenure.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Sport Management Review.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (September)
    Pages: 183-201

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    Keywords: role ambiguity organisational design organisational communication volunteers paid staff;

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    1. Ferkins, Lesley & Shilbury, David, 2010. "Developing board strategic capability in sport organisations: The national-regional governing relationship," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 13(3), pages 235-254, August.
    2. Greenhill, Jeff & Auld, Chris & Cuskelly, Graham & Hooper, Sue, 2009. "The impact of organisational factors on career pathways for female coaches," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 229-240, November.
    3. A. Balduck & A. Van Rossem & M. Buelens, 2009. "Identifying Competencies Of Volunteer Board Members Of Community Sports Clubs," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 09/559, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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