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Professional sports work in times of geopolitical crises: experiences in men’s basketball in Ukraine

Purdy, Laura G., Kohe, Geoffery Z., Paulauskas, Rūtenis (2021) Professional sports work in times of geopolitical crises: experiences in men’s basketball in Ukraine. Managing Sport and Leisure, . ISSN 2375-0472. (doi:10.1080/23750472.2021.1908842) (KAR id:87303)

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Purpose: Professional sport is distinct employment shaped by organisational and managerial relations, stakeholder involvements, performance imperatives, contextual forces and precarities. Such employment has raised questions regarding work, employment sustainability and careers. The purpose of this article is to examine experiences of sports workers in men’s professional basketball during the geopolitical conflict in Ukraine and highlight ways working conditions are negotiated in adverse contexts. Research methods: A case study approach that utilised semi-structured interviews was applied to enquire about the daily events, activities and related emotion as recalled by sports workers in men’s professional basketball in Ukraine during the geopolitical conflict. Findings: The examination reveals issues related to institutional/organisational, community and individual sustainability of the sport sector when faced with geopolitical crises. While turbulent events may unsettle sports workers, these sports workers demonstrated an ability to respond to the situation, mitigate adverse consequences, and sustain their careers. Practical implications: This work is of value those in sport organisations seeking to understand employees’ experiences and actions during periods of uncertainty, and how individual career continuity relates to organisational sustainability. Implications: Our approach advances understandings about sustainable organisational support and resources, and contingency planning in relation to navigating unforeseen events that arise in sports workers’ careers.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/23750472.2021.1908842
Uncontrolled keywords: sports work, sustainability, careers, professional basketball, Ukraine
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Signature Themes: Migration and Movement
Depositing User: Geoffery Kohe
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 10:55 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 15:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87303 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kohe, Geoffery Z.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6683-6669
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