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Coach ethical leadership in soccer clubs : an analysis of its influence on ethical behavior

Bram Constandt (UGent) , Els De Waegeneer (UGent) and Annick Willem (UGent)
(2018) JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT. 32(3). p.185-198
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Nonprofessional (amateur) soccer is continuously confronted with a wide range of ethical issues. As coaches are believed to be potentially effective in counteracting unethical behavior, this study analyzes the influence of coach ethical leadership on a sample of nonprofessional soccer players (n = 436). As ethical behavior contains two dimensions, namely an inhibitive one and a prosocial one, this study examines how player-perceived coach ethical leadership affects both dimensions, by respectively assessing its influence on the player-perceived ethical climate of the club and on the affective organizational commitment of the player. Results indicate that the influence of player-perceived coach ethical leadership on the player's affective organizational commitment is partially mediated by the player-perceived ethical climate of the club. Furthermore, the affective organizational commitment of the players is also slightly affected by their organizational tenure. Finally, these findings are discussed, next to the formulation of suggestions for practice.
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ethics, organizational behavior, organizational commitment, sport clubs, STATISTICAL MEDIATION ANALYSIS, ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT, SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY, UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP, ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIORS, MORAL DISENGAGEMENT, TURNOVER INTENTION, SPORT MANAGEMENT, WORK CLIMATES, YOUTH SOCCER

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Chicago
Constandt, Bram, Els De Waegeneer, and Annick Willem. 2018. “Coach Ethical Leadership in Soccer Clubs : an Analysis of Its Influence on Ethical Behavior.” Journal of Sport Management 32 (3): 185–198.
APA
Constandt, B., De Waegeneer, E., & Willem, A. (2018). Coach ethical leadership in soccer clubs : an analysis of its influence on ethical behavior. JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT, 32(3), 185–198.
Vancouver
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Constandt B, De Waegeneer E, Willem A. Coach ethical leadership in soccer clubs : an analysis of its influence on ethical behavior. JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT. 2018;32(3):185–98.
MLA
Constandt, Bram, Els De Waegeneer, and Annick Willem. “Coach Ethical Leadership in Soccer Clubs : an Analysis of Its Influence on Ethical Behavior.” JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT 32.3 (2018): 185–198. Print.
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  abstract     = {Nonprofessional (amateur) soccer is continuously confronted with a wide range of ethical issues. As coaches are believed to be potentially effective in counteracting unethical behavior, this study analyzes the influence of coach ethical leadership on a sample of nonprofessional soccer players (n = 436). As ethical behavior contains two dimensions, namely an inhibitive one and a prosocial one, this study examines how player-perceived coach ethical leadership affects both dimensions, by respectively assessing its influence on the player-perceived ethical climate of the club and on the affective organizational commitment of the player. Results indicate that the influence of player-perceived coach ethical leadership on the player's affective organizational commitment is partially mediated by the player-perceived ethical climate of the club. Furthermore, the affective organizational commitment of the players is also slightly affected by their organizational tenure. Finally, these findings are discussed, next to the formulation of suggestions for practice.},
  author       = {Constandt, Bram and De Waegeneer, Els and Willem, Annick},
  issn         = {0888-4773},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT},
  keyword      = {ethics,organizational behavior,organizational commitment,sport clubs,STATISTICAL MEDIATION ANALYSIS,ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT,SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY,UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP,ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIORS,MORAL DISENGAGEMENT,TURNOVER INTENTION,SPORT MANAGEMENT,WORK CLIMATES,YOUTH SOCCER},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {185--198},
  title        = {Coach ethical leadership in soccer clubs : an analysis of its influence on ethical behavior},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2017-0182},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2018},
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