Organizational citizenship behavior in sport: A perspective from athletes

Adam Love*, Seungmo Kim

*Corresponding author for this work

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Organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) refers to acts by members of an organization that are not formally required, but that contribute to the effective functioning of the organization. The current study investigated the types of OCB in which athletes engage as well as athletes' perceptions about the nature of OCB in sport. Through qualitative interviews with current and former college athletes, the investigators found that athletes engage in a wide variety of OCB, some of which appears to be unique to the context of sport. With respect to the nature of OCB in sport, participants identified the existence of a substantial "gray area" regarding what is and is not required of athletes. Notably, the pressures that can coerce people to engage in "voluntary" activities may be particularly strong in sport. Ultimately, the current study serves a pioneering role in helping to illustrate the unique nature of OCB in sport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sport Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Organizational behavior
  • Performance
  • Qualitative research


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