Ambiguity, manageability and the orchestration of organisational change: a case study of an English Premier League Academy Manager

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Gibson, L. and Groom, Ryan 2017. Ambiguity, manageability and the orchestration of organisational change: a case study of an English Premier League Academy Manager. Sport Coaching Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2017.1317173
AuthorsGibson, L. and Groom, Ryan
Abstract

An academy is an organisational context operated by professional football clubs, governed by the rules of the English Football Association and the English Premier League. Academies provide coaching and education for youth football players aged from under 9 to under 21. The Academy Manager is responsible for the strategic leadership and operation of the club’s academy. This includes implementing the club’s philosophy, coaching and games programme, player education, and the management of academy staff. The purpose of this paper is to explore the experiences of Simon [pseudonym], an English Premier League Academy Manager, when implementing organisational change within an academy. Data were collected from a work-based diary and four in-depth semi-structured interviews. The notion of orchestration is used as an analytical frame to make sense of Simon’s experiences through the change process and further our understanding of the social complexities of organisational change in elite sporting environments.

KeywordsSports coaching; Coach education; Elite youth soccer; Organisational change
Year2017
JournalSport Coaching Review
PublisherTaylor Francis
ISSN21640629
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2017.1317173
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621612
hdl:10545/621612
Publication dates19 Apr 2017
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Deposited11 May 2017, 08:42
Accepted05 Apr 2017
ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Manchester Metropolitan University
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