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4. Profesjonelle fotballtreneres interaksjon med sine overordnede og assistenter (Book chapter)

Book title: Trender for idrettspsykologisk forskning i Skandinavia

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ISBN: 9788202596903 9788202596903 Year: Pages: 30 DOI: 10.23865/noasp.39.ch4 Language: Norwegian
Publisher: Cappelen Damm Akademisk/NOASP (Nordic Open Access Scholarly Publishing)
Subject: Psychology
Added to DOAB on : 2018-07-28 11:01:02
License: Cappelen Damm Akademisk/NOASP (Nordic Open Access Scholarly Publishing)

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"Research on coaching in sports has long been concerned with how coaches interact
with their players. In recent years, more research in sports psychology has been conducted on
the coach’s role. However, research on coaches’ co-operation with leaders and staff in the clubs
has received little attention. There is reason to argue that the way coaches handle this part of
their profession can have a huge impact on how well they are able to do their job. This study
explores how three experienced Norwegian elite football coaches (average 25 years of elite
experience) interact with others in their clubs creating room for themselves and achieving their goals through micro-political activity and orchestration, i.e. coaches’ actions to increase
their own influence and power within the organization. We collected data through semi-structured
interviews. Then we used content analysis based on a theoretical framework consisting
of the orchestration metaphor and studies on micropolitics and the three aspects of micropolitical
proficiency. The results and discussion describe how the coaches handle the negotiation
process before joining a club, how they handle managers and employees, and how they have
developed their micropolitical skills through their careers. Their knowledge about and attention
to these processes were integral parts of their coaching and leadership challenges. Knowledge
of orchestration and micropolitics seemed to be important for the coaches in the current
study. We therefore provide some suggestions as to how coaches can improve their ability to
handle these elements in coach education and suggest possible future research and applied
implications for coaches."

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