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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Get ready to innovate! Staff’s disposition to implement service innovation in non-profit sport organisations
Author(s): Winand, Mathieu
Anagnostopoulos, Christos
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Keywords: service innovation
policy implementation, non-profit sport organisations
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2017
Citation: Winand M & Anagnostopoulos C (2017) Get ready to innovate! Staff’s disposition to implement service innovation in non-profit sport organisations, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (4), pp. 579-595.
Abstract: While sport entrepreneurs are known for being risk-takers and for being proactive when implementing new ideas, little is known about individuals’ attitudes within non-profit sport organisations. The present study draws on policy implementation and innovation theories to address this gap by investigating staff attitudes toward newness and its impact on innovativeness and change. An online survey was administered to representatives of regional sport federations in Belgium (n=101; 70 per cent response rate) in order to measure their attitude toward newness, the number of service innovation successfully implemented, and the levels of innovativeness and organisational change perceived. On average, sport federation staff show a positive attitude toward newness, which supports the implementation of service innovation. The number of service innovations and perceptions of innovativeness both have significant indirect effects on organisational change as perceived by individuals within sport federations. Managerial and policy implications are provided with regard to the need to develop positive attitude toward newness within non-profit sport organisations in order to foster innovation.
DOI Link: 10.1080/19406940.2017.1308418
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