Perceived Job Demands and Resources in the Sport Management Academic Environment

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  • 2 York College of Pennsylvania
  • 3 Niagara University
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Relatively little is known about the experiences of sport management faculty in relation to job demands and resources. With the constantly evolving nature of higher education and growth of the sport management discipline, it is important to understand the perspective of faculty members, as they have a substantial impact on students, the discipline at large, and the sport industry. Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of sport management faculty regarding several potential job demands and job resources in the academic environment. Survey research was conducted using a sample of sport management faculty (N = 144). The survey yielded both qualitative and quantitative data for analysis. Results indicated a job demand for faculty in that high levels of workplace aggression were reported. Job resources in the form of relationships with others and satisfaction with the nature of the work were identified. Pay, promotion, and perceptions of managers’ operational competence and ethics were illuminated as areas that must be improved if they are to serve as job resources. Finally, a number of demands and resources correlated with turnover intentions. Findings provide practical implications for the sport management academic discipline and suggest new avenues of productive future research.

Taylor is with Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Sauder is with York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, USA. Rode is with Niagara University, Niagara, NY, USA.

Taylor (elizabeth.taylor@temple.edu) is corresponding author.
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