Actions and strategies of a professional football coach during a period of organisational change.

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Gibson, L. and Groom, R. 2017. Actions and strategies of a professional football coach during a period of organisational change. 11th Annual ICCE Global Coach Conference. Liverpool John Moores University 01 - 01 Aug 2017
AuthorsGibson, L. and Groom, R.
TypeConference Presentation
Abstract

Employment within professional football is characterised by high levels of staff turnover, uncertainty, vulnerability and insecurity. This paper aims to investigate the experiences of James, Head of Foundation Phase within an English professional youth academy, during a period of organisational change. Data were collected through field notes, informal observations and meetings, formal academy team meetings, co-worker interviews and four semi-structured in-depth participant interviews, which were subjected to an iterative process of inductive and deductive analysis. Theorising regarding the influence of professional self-interests upon the actions and strategies of the social actors was utilised to make sense of James’ narrative. The findings highlighted how James strategically managed his relationships with others to further his own professional self-interests. Finally, following the findings of this study, we propose that the ability to develop micro-political literacy and a repertoire of micro-political actions and strategies would benefit coaches working within professional football during such periods of instability and change.

KeywordsOrganisational change; Professional Youth Football; Professional Self Interests; Micropolitics
Year2017
Conference11th Annual ICCE Global Coach Conference
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