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Age and organizational identification: empirical findings from professional sports


  • Andreas Bergmann
  • Sascha L. Schmidt
  • Dominik Schreyer
  • Benno Torgler


Although identification is critical to organizational survival, knowledge on how identification changes and evolves over time is still limited. Not only can tastes and choices vary across both social context and time, but individuals can change or choose their identity, as well as their ideals, group loyalty and/or social category. Hence, in this letter, we examine the relation between organizational identification and age using five large sports consumer surveys as a snapshot of the age distribution of team identification. Our results provide evidence of robust U-shaped age profiles, with a probable turning point in the 40s.

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  • Andreas Bergmann & Sascha L. Schmidt & Dominik Schreyer & Benno Torgler, 2016. "Age and organizational identification: empirical findings from professional sports," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(10), pages 718-722, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:23:y:2016:i:10:p:718-722
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1102837

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    1. Sophie Lythreatis & Ahmed Mohammed Sayed Mostafa & Xiaojun Wang, 2019. "Participative Leadership and Organizational Identification in SMEs in the MENA Region: Testing the Roles of CSR Perceptions and Pride in Membership," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 156(3), pages 635-650, May.
    2. Dominik Schreyer & Benno Torgler, 2021. "Football spectator no-show behavior in Switzerland: Empirical evidence from season ticket holder behavior," CREMA Working Paper Series 2021-06, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
    3. Streicher, Tobias & Schmidt, Sascha L. & Schreyer, Dominik & Torgler, Benno, 2020. "Anticipated feelings and support for public mega projects: Hosting the Olympic Games," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 158(C).

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