Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Holman, M.


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.




The general purpose of this thesis was to apply an interorganizational network analysis to the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) to determine the implementation effectiveness of its Speak Out! program. Rose's "Eclectic Model", replete with the four analytical approaches of structural, exchange, decisional, and organizing processes, was utilized as the theoretical framework to guide the study. The "Eclectic Model" was appropriate for use in analyzing a Canadian sport network. Four research questions were examined as follows: how an interorganizational network evolves and operates as an overall system; how actors come to understand their network; how the network comes to influence their behaviour; and, how the network is shaped by organizational members. Data were collected from semi-directed focussed interviews with both CHA volunteers and staff who were closely linked with the Speak Out! program, and from CHA Annual General Meeting minutes. The QSR NUDIST computer program was utilized to help store, classify, code and categorize the data. Conceptual frameworks and frequency distribution tables represented the analysis. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .S64. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0615. Adviser: Margery J. Holman. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.