Examining the structural composition and longitudinal change of team identification.

Lock, D., Funk, D.C., Doyle, J. and Mcdonald, H., 2014. Examining the structural composition and longitudinal change of team identification. Journal of Sport Management, 28, 119 - 135.

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DOI: 10.1123/jsm.2012-0191

Abstract

The propensity of strongly identified fans to contribute positive organizational outcomes for sport teams underpins why team identification maintains a central position in sport management. In the present study we examine the multidimensional structure, stability, and interrelationships between the dimensions of team identification, using longitudinal data (April 2011-April 2012) collected from fans of a new Australian Rules football team (N=602). A Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) of the team identification items included (measured using the Team*ID scale), supported a five-dimensional model structure. This model was subsequently computed as a longitudinal CFA to test the configural and metric invariance of the Team*ID scale. We used a cross-lagged panel model to examine the longitudinal stability of, and interrelationships between,the dimensions: affect, behavioral involvement, cognitive awareness, private evaluation, and public evaluation. Each dimension displayed relative stability over time. In addition, public evaluation and private evaluation in April 2011 displayed a positive relationship with behavioral involvement in April 2012. Similarly, cognitive awareness in April 2011 predicted increases in public evaluation in April 2012 two. We conclude with implications for theory and practice.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0888-4773
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:23511
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:29 Apr 2016 11:46
Last Modified:29 Apr 2016 11:46

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