Sport team culture: Investigating how vertical and horizontal communication influence citizenship behaviors via organizational commitment

Seungmo KIM*, Marshall Magnusen, Damon Andrew

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Abstract

The effects of vertical (coach-athlete) and horizontal (teammate-teammate) communication on athletes' affective commitment and organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB) were examined in this study. A total of340 intercollegiate student-athletes in Hong Kong China participated in the survey. The structural equation modeling (SEM) results supported partial mediating effects of team commitment between vertical communication and OCB. Horizontal communication was measured using four subscales: acceptance, distinctiveness, positive conflict, and negative conflict. Acceptance had direct and indirect effects on OCB via commitment whereas negative conflict had negative indirect effects on OCB via commitment. The positive conflict and distinctiveness subscales were not significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-418
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Applied Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Social exchange theory
  • Student-athletes

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