An Exploration of Performance Management Processes used within Olympic Sport Programmes

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Title: An Exploration of Performance Management Processes used within Olympic Sport Programmes
Other Titles: Performance Management Processes in Olympic Sport
Authors: Molan, ConorArnold, RachelKelly, SeamusToomey, ElaineMatthews, James
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Date: 22-Mar-2021
Online since: 2021-05-05T13:35:02Z
Abstract: The organizational environment and role delivery of support personnel have been identified as increasingly important to elite athletes’ preparation for, and performance at, pinnacle competitions. As a result, performance management has been identified as a salient research topic within the field of organizational sport psychology. The purpose of this study was to identify the performance management processes used within Olympic sport programmes and explore how these processes interact in an organizational context. Thirteen participants working in senior positions within Olympic sport organizations (e.g., national performance director) across a range of countries were interviewed. Thematic analysis identified performance management processes existing across strategic, operational, and individual levels in Olympic sport programmes. The findings also suggested that these socially dynamic processes are interrelated and influenced by the delivery of the performance leader’s role. A preliminary conceptual framework was developed to highlight these processes and illustrate their interrelated nature. Overall, the findings advance our knowledge and understanding of performance management as an organizational concept within elite sport. Practical implications are provided for sport psychology practitioners to assess and optimize how performance management processes are used within elite sport programmes.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Funding Details: Sport Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
Start page: 1
End page: 37
Keywords: EliteHigh performanceOrganizational functioningOrganizational psychologyTeam behind the team
DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2021.1894506
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 1041-3200
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