How do sport clubs recruit volunteers?

Authors
Schlesinger, T., Klenk, C. & Nagel, S.

Year
2014

Title
How do sport clubs recruit volunteers? Analyzing and developing a typology of decision-making processes on recruiting volunteers in Sport Clubs. 

Abstract
Effective strategies for recruiting volunteers who are prepared to make a longterm commitment to formal positions are essential for the survival of voluntary sport clubs. This article examines the decision-making processes in relation to these efforts. Under the assumption of bounded rationality, the garbage can model is used to grasp these decision- making processes theoretically and access them empirically. Based on case study framework an in-depth analysis of re-cruitment practices was conducted in nine selected sport clubs. Results showed that the decision-making processes are generally characterized by a reactive approach in which dominant actors try to handle personnel problems of recruitment in the administration and sport domains through routine formal committee work and informal networks. In addition, it proved possible to develop a typology that delivers an overview of different decision-making practices in terms of the specific interplay of the relevant components of process control (top-down vs. bottom-up) and problem processing (situational vs. systematic). 

Full reference
Schlesinger, T., Klenk, C. & Nagel, S. (2014). How do sport clubs recruit volunteers? Analyzing and developing a typology of decision-making processes on recruiting volunteers in Sport Clubs. Sport Management Review. (doi.org/ 10.1016/j.smr.2014.04.003).

Language of article
English