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The Role of Managers in Team Performance

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  • David J. Berri

    () (Southern Utah University)

  • Michael A. Leeds

    () (Temple University of Japan)

  • Eva Marikova Leeds

    (Moravian College and Temple University of Japan)

  • Michael Mondello

    () (The Florida State University)

Abstract

The role of the manager in promoting production is a little-understood phenomenon. In particular, it is difficult to separate managers’ contributions from the abilities of the workers they supervise. Firms may therefore mistakenly attribute the contributions of the workers to the managers who happen to oversee them. With its plethora of performance data, the National Basketball Association (NBA) provides a natural setting to measure the contribution of a head coach to the performance of his team. We find that some highly regarded coaches deserve their accolades, but several coaches owe their success to managing highly talented teams. Conversely, some coaches with mediocre records have made significant contributions to the performance of their players. Most coaches, however, do not have a statistically significant impact on their players or their teams, making them nothing more than the “principal clerks” that Adam Smith called managers over 200 years ago.

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  • David J. Berri & Michael A. Leeds & Eva Marikova Leeds & Michael Mondello, 2009. "The Role of Managers in Team Performance," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 4(2), pages 75-93, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:4:y:2009:i:2:p:75-93
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    Cited by:

    1. R Simmons & D J Berri, 2010. "Mixing the princes and the paupers: Pay and performance in the National Basketball Association," Working Papers 611523, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
    2. repec:lan:wpaper:3659 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Kelly M. Hastings & Frank Stephenson, 2015. "The NBA’s Maximum Player Salary and the Distribution of Player Rents," International Journal of Financial Studies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(2), pages 1-9, March.
    4. Julianne Treme & Robert T. Burrus, 2016. "NCAA basketball: when does recruiting talent translate into wins for power conferences?," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 40(4), pages 735-753, October.
    5. Simmons, Rob & Berri, David J., 2011. "Mixing the princes and the paupers: Pay and performance in the National Basketball Association," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 381-388, June.
    6. repec:lan:wpaper:3944 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. repec:lan:wpaper:3551 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    coaching efficiency; National Basketball Association; productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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