Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between organizational trust and mindfulness: An exploration of NCAA Division III athletic departments
by Tingle, Jacob Keith, Ed.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2011, 222; 3473389
Abstract (Summary)

The drive to have a successful college athletic program is an acknowledgement of marketplace realities; universities are competing for ever scarcer resources. As a result, the desire to be better than has led some department personnel and student-athletes to commit unethical, even illegal acts. Recent examples call into question the credibility of college sports. Therefore, understanding organizational dynamics associated with trust and decision-making in athletic departments is important. This study explored the relationship between organizational trust and mindfulness operating in NCAA D-III (non-scholarship) athletic departments.

After a pilot study confirmed reliability and validity of instruments designed for this study, data were gathered using the Athletic Department Mindfulness (ADMS) and Athletic Department Trust Scales (ADTS) and collected from coaches at 59 randomly selected NCAA D-III athletic departments. Factor, correlational, and multiple regression analyses were also performed on the variables from the ADMS and ADTS.

The results indicate that coaches‘ perceived level of trust in their colleagues and the athletic director has a significant relationship with and impact on department-wide organizational mindfulness (i.e. decision-making).

Athletic directors and coaches who place an importance on trust view themselves as being: benevolent, competent, honest, open, and reliable. Furthermore, the findings suggest that departments infused with trust are more likely to have personnel who are: pre-occupied with failure avoidance, reluctant to oversimplify, sensitive to the day-to-day, committed to resilience, and defer to experts regardless of their position. The findings present methods to elevate levels of trust and better incorporate mindful decision-making practices in intercollegiate athletic departments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shoho, Alan R.
Commitee: Barnett, Bruce, Nunez, Anne-Marie, Wilson, Wes
School: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Sports Management, Organization Theory, Higher education
Keywords: Athletic director, Coach, Decision making, Intercollegiate athletics, NCAA Division III, Organizational trust, Student-athlete, Trust
Publication Number: 3473389
ISBN: 9781124877136
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