Date of Award

7-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Snelgrove, Ryan

Second Advisor

Wood, Laura

Keywords

Change management, Community sport, Institutionalism, Organizational change, Radical change

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the process of change at the community sport level by identifying the impetus for change, responses to change by stakeholders, and the factors that constrained or aided the change process. The context of this research is two community soccer associations in Ontario undergoing a long-term structural redesign mandated by the provincial soccer association. Cunningham's (2002) Integrative Model of Organizational Change serves as the theoretical framework for the research. Stakeholders from local soccer clubs as well as the Ontario Soccer Association identified key factors and experiences influencing the implementation and success of change. Pressures, creating a new template, communication, responses to the change, and capacity were all elements participants identified in contributing to the effectiveness of the change process. An outline of practical implications during change is included for sport practitioners.

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