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Larena Hoeber and Orland Hoeber

There has been little attention given to examining innovation under the conditions in which community sport organizations (CSO) operate. In this case study, the process under which one CSO undertook a technological innovation is explored. The purpose of this research was to classify the determinants that contributed to the innovation process, and identify at which particular stages of innovation those determinants were critical. Interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders were conducted during the innovation process. Observations were made at important points during the implementation of the innovation. Leadership commitment, pro-innovation characteristics, organizational capacity, simple organizational design, and involved and interested external parties were identified as determinants of this technological innovation. The findings illustrate multiple determinants of innovation at the managerial, organization, and environmental levels. Some of these span the entire innovation process, while others are critical only at particular stages.

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Julie Legg, Ryan Snelgrove and Laura Wood

The purpose of this study was to examine the process of change at the level of youth sport by identifying the impetus for change, responses to change by stakeholders, and factors that constrained or aided the change process. Theoretically, this study builds upon an existing integrative change model. The context of this research is two youth soccer associations in Ontario, Canada, undergoing a long-term structural redesign mandated by the provincial soccer association. Stakeholders from local soccer clubs, as well as the Ontario Soccer Association (N = 20), identified key factors influencing the implementation and success of change. Pressures to change and individual efforts made by board members, coaches, and parents were noted as aiding the change process. Limited collaboration with stakeholders, poor communication, misunderstandings of the change, and constrained organizational capacity negatively affected the change process.

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Katherine Raw, Emma Sherry and Katie Rowe

, and enhanced organizational capacity ( Svensson, Andersson, & Faulk, 2018 ). Furthermore, these IORs can also offer mutually beneficial exchanges, whereby external organizations donate equipment or funding to SFD organizations, and this favor is returned by promoting the donor’s brand ( Holmes et

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Jon Welty Peachey, Laura Burton, Janelle Wells and Mi Ryoung Chung

& Cohen, 2016 ). Some SDP organizations/initiatives experience challenges in developing organizational capacity over the long term to effectively carry out their missions ( Svensson & Hambrick, 2016 ), whereas others have passionate leaders who may or may not have the requisite business acumen to foster

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Erik L. Lachance and Milena M. Parent

development programs (e.g.,  Taks, Green, Misener, & Chalip, 2014 ); organizational capacity (e.g.,  Wicker & Breuer, 2013 ); and event legacies (e.g.,  Misener, Darcy, Legg, & Gilbert, 2013 ), as well as contexts such as the Paralympic Games (e.g.,  Darcy, Dickson, & Benson, 2014 ) and Special Olympics World

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Gareth J. Jones, Christine E. Wegner, Kyle S. Bunds, Michael B. Edwards and Jason N. Bocarro

can lead to unbalanced leadership systems that limit the voice of certain groups (e.g., low socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic minority, immigrant; Skinner et al., 2008 ). Moreover, as many SFD organizations struggle to build and maintain organizational capacity, leaders may simply struggle to

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Orland Hoeber, Ryan Snelgrove, Larena Hoeber and Laura Wood

, thematic analysis has been used in other sport management domains, such as an analysis of Paralympic legacy ( Misener, Darcy, Legg, & Gilbert, 2013 ), the identification of organizational capacity challenges for a community sport organization ( Misener & Doherty, 2009 ), a description of the organizational

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Per G. Svensson and Richard Loat

‐sector community collaboratives as vehicles for building organizational capacity . American Journal of Community Psychology, 48 , 193 – 207 . PubMed ID: 21061057 doi:10.1007/s10464-010-9364-3 10.1007/s10464-010-9364-3 Nowell , B. , & Harrison , L.M. ( 2010 ). Leading change through collaborative

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David Simbaña Escobar, Philippe Hellard, David B. Pyne and Ludovic Seifert

performance outcome remained unchanged. 14 For example, in the ecological dynamics framework, it is postulated that behavior emerges from the interaction between the self-organizational capacity of the energetic neuromusculoskeletal system (for which inter-individual variability comes from expertise level

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Simon C. Darnell, Richard Giulianotti, P. David Howe and Holly Collison

. The role of sport, as well as funding and organizational capacity building, should not be underestimated in this process; non-human actors, such as money, expertise, technical support and even the concept of sport’s development utility, have all been key elements in constructing the field and practice