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Investigating ambivalence towards organisational change in a Football Championship Subdivision intercollegiate athletic department

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  • Welty Peachey, Jon
  • Bruening, Jennifer

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To date, few scholars have examined organisational change in the sport industry, with the majority focusing on forces driving change. Only a handful have investigated responses to change, primarily centering upon factors contributing to resistance. Historically, most work in measuring attitudes has placed them on a bipolar continuum ranging from negative to positive. Recently, though, researchers have presented data to support an indifference-ambivalence attitudinal dimension characterised by evaluative tension. There have been few studies, however, that have examined ambivalence towards organisational change. Therefore, this research was undertaken to investigate ambivalence towards organisational change in a Football Championship Subdivision intercollegiate athletic department in the U.S. Through a case study, we demonstrate that ambivalence was a salient response to change, and that intrapersonal conflict, perceived lack of institutional support, managerial turnover, and previous negative experience with change served as antecedents. We then highlight the theoretical and practical significance of our study.

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  • Welty Peachey, Jon & Bruening, Jennifer, 2012. "Investigating ambivalence towards organisational change in a Football Championship Subdivision intercollegiate athletic department," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(2), pages 171-186.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:spomar:v:15:y:2012:i:2:p:171-186 DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2011.05.001
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    1. Welty Peachey, Jon & Bruening, Jennifer, 2011. "An examination of environmental forces driving change and stakeholder responses in a Football Championship Subdivision athletic department," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 202-219, May.
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