Perceptions of the Causes of Procrastination by Sport Administrators

in Journal of Sport Management
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This study investigated the perceived causes of procrastination by sport administrators (N=63) in Canadian sport governing bodies. More specifically, it attempted to determine why these administrators would procrastinate or avoid decisions and actions for which they are responsible. Results obtained from an original questionnaire comprising 25 Likert statements and 7 open-ended questions generally indicate that (a) the most important cause of procrastination is the inability to say no to various requests for one’s time; (b) there is evidence that sport administrators tend to attribute the causes of procrastination to the organizational environment rather than to themselves; (c) some of the more important organization-related causes of procrastination appear to be unpleasant aspects of the task, heavy workloads assigned, too many options or no guidelines given for task completion, no fixed deadlines or time limits, and unimportance and insignificance of tasks.

Direct all correspondence to Daniel Soucie, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, KIN 6N5.
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