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women's volleyball, case studies, institutional entrepreneurship, emerging professional sport

Docekalova, Iva

Supervisor and department: Washington, Marvin Alberta School of Business

Examining committee member and department: Baudin, Pierre Physical Education and Recreation Mason, Daniel Physical Education and Recreation Greenwood, Royston Alberta School of Business Amis, John Management

Department: Physical Education and Recreation

Specialization:

Date accepted: 2013-09-28T13:39:48Z

Graduation date: 2013-11

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Degree level: Doctoral

Abstract: Women’s volleyball gained major popularity in the United States in the 1980s under the umbrella of the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA NCAA, 2010. In the last few decades several women’s professional volleyball leagues emerged in the United States. Unfortunately, every single women’s professional league ceased activity within five years of its creation. Incidentally, the struggle concerning the development of a women’s professional league has been absent in the Czech Republic Stibitz, 1958. This dissertation answered two questions: Why did women’s professional volleyball leagues fail in the United States? Why did the women’s professional volleyball league not fail in the Czech Republic? To explore professional women’s volleyball leagues in the United States and Czech Republic, I drew on the theory of institutional entrepreneurship, which refers to the formation of values and patterns of behaviors that not only strive to support an organization’s identity, but also strive to become socially accepted Zimmerman and Zeitz, 2002. The U.S. cases followed Yin’s 1994 multiple-case study design and the Czech study was guided by Yin’s 1994 single-case study design. The collected data included archival data, books, newspaper and magazine articles. In addition, interviews were conducted with ten subjects. Successful institutional entrepreneurs are able to frame, gather resources, and collaborate, as the literature on institutional entrepreneurship suggests. My findings showed that the institutional entrepreneurs of the U.S. leagues failed to create a clear frame, gather useful resources, and collaborate with others. Additionally, the failed leagues experienced environmental misfit and wanted to become professional in a short period of time, which contributed to the failure of the leagues. On the other hand, the Czech league was able to create a clear mission, obtain resources and have clubs that developed a working relationship with the federation. The league functioned as an amateur league that was supported by the federation and Czech state for many years. The managers of a new professional volleyball league in the United States should consider connecting the league with USA Volleyball, creating teams in the areas where strong clubs are located, and have clear objectives that are consistent with the product.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3F766G3S

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Autor: Docekalova, Iva

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Institutional entrepreneurship of women’s professional volleyball leagues, the United States and Czech Republic by Iva Docekalova A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation ©Iva Docekalova Fall 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only.
Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the authors prior written permission. Dedication This work is dedicated to my boyfriend Damien, my family, supervisor, dissertation committee, and friends.
Special thanks go to my boyfriend who was very supportive, always encouraging, and very positive during this process.
I would like to thank him for his continuous support.
I would also like to thank my family including my dad with whom I had numerous conversations over Skype about my dissertation.
I am not sure if I would make it through without the support of my family.
So, thank you for your support and encouragements.
Thank you also to Marvin Washington (my supervisor) who patiently read each of my drafts and provided me with feedback, so I could move forward in the process. Thank you also to my supervisory committee, who took time to meet with me, read my drafts, and gave me feedback regarding my work.
Lastly, I would like to thank my friends including those that played frequently volleyball with me in...





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