Examining post-merger sociocultural integration in sport

Jinsu Byun, Becca Leopkey, Dana Ellis

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Research Question: The purpose of this study is to explore post-merger sociocultural integration in sport organizations by delving into the merger of elite and mass sport organizations in Korea. Research Methods: A qualitative case study design was employed, and content analysis was utilized to identify emergent themes from interviews and archival materials. Results and Findings: Sociocultural integration challenges, such as competing values, perceived unfairness, and human resource conflicts, in addition to antecedents and interventions related to post-merger sociocultural integration in complex multilevel sport organizations, are highlighted. Implications: A model illustrating antecedents, challenges, successful interventions, and mitigation strategies for the management of sociocultural integration in sport organization mergers is proposed. Propositions regarding post-merger sociocultural integration in complex multilevel sport organization mergers are also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-226
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Sport Management Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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© 2020 European Association for Sport Management.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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