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dc.contributor.advisorWalker, Matt
dc.creatorDamon, Zachary James
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-18T03:22:02Z
dc.date.available2020-08-01T06:38:34Z
dc.date.created2018-08
dc.date.issued2018-07-29
dc.date.submittedAugust 2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/173724
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examined the influence of authentic leadership (AL) on sport sense of community (SOC). AL theory research has been mostly absent in sport management. Similarly, and despite the growing research stream within the discipline, sport SOC research has been limited from a leadership lens. Therefore, the purpose of the dissertation was to examine which dimensions of AL (balanced processing, internal moral compass, self-awareness, and relational transparency) influence the dimensions of sport SOC (administrative consideration, common interests, equity in decision-making, leadership opportunities, social spaces, and competition). The following research questions guided the dissertation: RQ1: Is authentic leadership associated with sport SOC? RQ2: How do the dimensions of authentic leadership influence the dimensions of sport SOC? In order to test the above dimensions, the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) was used to measure authentic leadership while the Sense of Community in Sport (SCS) was used to measure sport SOC. The current study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) to pull a random sample of individuals who currently work in a sport organization. They were asked to fill out a prescreening survey to validate their sport employment and were then asked to fill out two surveys 48 hours apart. The first survey included demographic variables and the ALQ items. Participants were then asked to take the second survey 48 hours later which detailed the SCS items. This dissertation examined the influence of authentic leadership (AL) on sport sense of community (SOC). AL theory research has been mostly absent in sport management. Similarly, and despite the growing research stream within the discipline, sport SOC research has been limited from a leadership lens. Therefore, the purpose of the dissertation was to examine which dimensions of AL (balanced processing, internal moral compass, self-awareness, and relational transparency) influence the dimensions of sport SOC (administrative consideration, common interests, equity in decision-making, leadership opportunities, social spaces, and competition). The following research questions guided the dissertation: RQ1: Is authentic leadership associated with sport SOC? RQ2: How do the dimensions of authentic leadership influence the dimensions of sport SOC? In order to test the above dimensions, the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) was used to measure authentic leadership while the Sense of Community in Sport (SCS) was used to measure sport SOC. The current study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) to pull a random sample of individuals who currently work in a sport organization. They were asked to fill out a prescreening survey to validate their sport employment and were then asked to fill out two surveys 48 hours apart. The first survey included demographic variables and the ALQ items. Participants were then asked to take the second survey 48 hours later which detailed the SCS items. Results from the correlation analysis indicated a weak and negative relationship between the AL dimensions and those dimensions of sport SOC. To assess RQ1, Multivariate Multiple Regression (MMR) was then performed to test the dimension-to-dimension relationships among AL and sport SOC dimensions. Results indicated AL relational transparency significantly influenced sport SOC administrative consideration, and AL self-awareness significantly influenced sport SOC equity in decision-making. Next, RQ2 was assessed through confidence interval testing which revealed AL dimensions to not be significantly different from one another in their influence on sport SOC. Overall, the dissertation illustrated limited support for AL’s influence on sport SOC. Sport management scholars can use the current research to help guide future sport SOC and AL research, respectively.en
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dc.subjectsport leadershipen
dc.subjectauthentic leadershipen
dc.subjectsense of community in sporten
dc.titleAn Examination of Authentic Leadership's Influence on Sense of Community in Sporten
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentHealth and Kinesiologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineKinesiologyen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A & M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCunningham, George
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSinger, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCourtright, Stephen
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dc.date.updated2019-01-18T03:22:02Z
local.embargo.terms2020-08-01
local.etdauthor.orcid0000-0003-2166-0270


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