Mapping Cultural Dimensions in Australian Sporting Organisations

Aaron C.T. Smith, David Shilbury

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No research focusing on sport has yet provided a method of charting culture's potential dimensions. The aim of this study was to redress this gap by identifying a set of dimensions that could describe the cultures of Australian sporting organisations. The population for this study included Australian National Sport Organisations (NSOs), State Sport Organisations (SSOs) and clubs participating in national league competitions. Eight sport organisations formed the sample. Data were collected via 24 in-depth interviews. This study revealed 12 dimensions and 68 sub-dimensions of culture, which may be used to begin the process of mapping sport cultures. These results reveal some unique sport dimensions with no single existing dimensional model that captures the collective elements revealed in this study. The unique dimensions revealed in this study include "Rituals", "Symbols", "Size", "History and tradition", with support for these dimensions found within the sub-dimensional codes. This suggests that the dimensions recorded here might provide a useful launching pad for future studies on sport culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-165
Number of pages33
JournalSport Management Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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