Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Paraschak, V. A.,


Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations.




The purpose of this study was to examine the hiring process of select National Sport Organizations (NSOs) in order to search out a better explanation for why women are under-represented in the middle and upper management positions within these organizations. This study indicates that there are problems within the current NSO hiring system. These problems relate to its objectivity and gender sensitivity. In terms of the directional propositions examined with regards to objectivity in the hiring process, the organizations were not very objective in at least three areas. These areas included: how they short listed candidates, use of the same committee in both short listing and interviewing, and the use of primarily a discussion technique in evaluating the final candidates. Two of the five directional propositions concerning objectivity were not supported. The NSOs tended to be more objective when they constructed the interview schedule, and when they utilized that schedule. The organizations were not gender sensitive in most areas. Lack of gender sensitivity suggests that this process affects the advancement of women within the NSOs in particular. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Kinesiology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .B455. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0575. Chair: V. A. Paraschak. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.