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Leader succession and effectiveness in team sport. A critical review of the coach succession literature

Leader succession and effectiveness in team sport. A critical review of the coach succession... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically review the part of the leader succession literature which is based on coach turnover in sport teams. The aim of this paper is to assess the state of the art and the relevance of this literature for sport management and further research. Design/methodology/approach – A comprehensive reading of the extant scientific literature and a critical assessment of its conceptual and methodological foundations. Findings – The assumptions guiding the coach succession are not based on insights about the idiosyncrasies of team sport and its management. These flaws render the research findings of the research dubious and leave us with little reliable information of what influence coaches have on their teams and what the impact is of the high turnover of head coaches in professional team sport. Research limitations/implications – Leader succession research in sport is heavily flawed because it has not been informed by qualitative studies exploring the contextual conditions under which the coaches work. It follows that qualitative studies of the impact of coaches is highly wanted. Furthermore, the generalization from findings in sport across other spheres of social life should be addressed with caution because sport is much more idiosyncratic than has been assumed in the coach succession literature. Originality/value – This is the first review of the leader succession literature from a sport management perspective. It provides a profound critique of the research on coach succession in team sport. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sport Business and Management An International Journal Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-678X
DOI
10.1108/SBM-06-2013-0015
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to critically review the part of the leader succession literature which is based on coach turnover in sport teams. The aim of this paper is to assess the state of the art and the relevance of this literature for sport management and further research. Design/methodology/approach – A comprehensive reading of the extant scientific literature and a critical assessment of its conceptual and methodological foundations. Findings – The assumptions guiding the coach succession are not based on insights about the idiosyncrasies of team sport and its management. These flaws render the research findings of the research dubious and leave us with little reliable information of what influence coaches have on their teams and what the impact is of the high turnover of head coaches in professional team sport. Research limitations/implications – Leader succession research in sport is heavily flawed because it has not been informed by qualitative studies exploring the contextual conditions under which the coaches work. It follows that qualitative studies of the impact of coaches is highly wanted. Furthermore, the generalization from findings in sport across other spheres of social life should be addressed with caution because sport is much more idiosyncratic than has been assumed in the coach succession literature. Originality/value – This is the first review of the leader succession literature from a sport management perspective. It provides a profound critique of the research on coach succession in team sport.

Journal

Sport Business and Management An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 4, 2013

Keywords: Leadership; Coach succession; Effectiveness; Management; Team sport

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