Measuring the commitment of volunteers in community-based sport

Engelberg-Moston, Terry (2007) Measuring the commitment of volunteers in community-based sport. In: Brown, Raymond, Finger, Glenn, and Rushton, Carole, (eds.) Educational Research : who needs it? Proceedings from the inaugural, 2006 Research Higher Degree Conference held at the School of Education and Professional Studies, Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University, Queensland. Proceedings from the Research Higher Degree Conference . Post Pressed, Teneriffe, QLD, Australia, pp. 99-110.

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The organisational commitment of volunteers has been recognised as essential for the effective management of community-based sporting organisations. Despite this, there are no adequate measures of commitment that can be used with volunteer populations. This study aims to develop reliable and valid measures of affective and normative commitment to three organisational targets in voluntary sporting organisations: the club / centre, the volunteer work team, and the volunteer role. Drawing on Meyer and Herscovitch's (2001) general commitment model, measures of commitment to each of these targets were developed and the proposed model was tested using partial least squares regression (PLS) modelling. Results provided support for a two-dimensional model within and across each of the targets, and also showed that the measures had adequate discriminant validity and reliability. Implications for research on volunteer commitment in sporting organisations are discussed.

Item ID: 40448
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-921214-27-1
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 00:18
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography @ 40%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1504 Commercial Services > 150404 Sport and Leisure Management @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports @ 80%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950103 Recreation @ 20%
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