Master's degree in Preventive and Adapted Exercise Science

Psychology and organization of volunteering institutions

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Francesca Vitali
Francesca Vitali
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MOTORIE 1° semestre dal Oct 1, 2019 al Jan 24, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The general aim of the course is to present a framework of the main research and intervention topics linked to the psychology of sport organizations. The specific aims of the course are to deepen the key-concepts of the most recent scientific national and international literature dealing with relations between person and (profit and non profit) sport organizations. Particular attention will be given to professional competencies and skills of kinesiologists.


The course is divided in two parts.

The first introductory part will presents the basic elements of the course:
- brief historical analysis of organizational sport psychology;
- disciplinary boundaries;
- the most recent fields of research (a. organizational performance, b. organizational stress perceived by athletes, coaches, and parents, c. perception of roles in sports teams and organizations, d. success factors in sport and in business, e. contexts and organizations that promote performance in elite sport, f. organizational citizenship behaviours in sport) and intervention organizational sport psychology;
- analysis of research methodologies in sport and exercise.

The advanced second part will explore some thematic areas:
(1) theoretical approaches and definitions of sport organizations; organizational design; definition of adhocracy; distinction between organizational theory and organizational sport psychology;
(2) the structure of a sport organization and the study of organizational behavior; hierarchies and power in sport organizations; theoretical models and applications of leadership in sport organizations;
(3) the different types of sport organizations and Chelladurai’s classification (1985, 1992); the third sector in sport and exercise; definitions of management and marketing in sport; study of the behaviour, motivations, and decision making of the direct and indirect sport consumers;
(4) psychology in sports organizations; definitions, goals, motivations, values, and meaning of sport work; professions in sport and physical exercise in Italy and Europe; the profession of kinesiologist in Italy and in Europe; the process of professionalization;
(5) entrepreneurship in sport and exercise; non-profit organizations (NPOs) and volunteering in sport and exercise; volunteering in the non-profit Italian sector.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Slack T., Parent M. Understanding Sport Organizations. The Application of Organization Theory (Edizione 2) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics 2006 9780736056397

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test with multiple choice questions

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