Managing Cultural Diversity in Sport Organizations: A Theoretical Perspective

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 University of Western Ontario
  • 2 The Ohio State University
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The article focuses on the management and impact of cultural diversity in sport organizations. It is proposed that the potentially constructive or destructive impact of cultural diversity is a function of the management of that diversity, which is ultimately a reflection of organizational culture, or “how things are done around here.” Organizational culture is described along a continuum of valuing similarity and diversity in the organization. It is argued that the benefits of cultural diversity (e.g., creativity, challenge, constructive conflict) will be realized when an organizational culture of diversity underlies the management of that diversity. These benefits are heightened when the situation dictates a high degree of task interdependence and complexity. Implications for increasing cultural diversity and developing an organizational culture that values that diversity, as a social responsibility and a contributing force to organizational performance, are discussed.

Alison J. Doherty is with the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7. PacManathan Chelladurai is with the School of Physical Activity & Educational Services at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH .

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