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The Effect of Managerial Decisions on Sport Resources Over On-Field Performance in European Soccer Clubs

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Title: The Effect of Managerial Decisions on Sport Resources Over On-Field Performance in European Soccer Clubs
Author: ALGHAMDI, ASEEL; ALGHAMDI, ASEEL
Department: Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies
Program: Management
Advisor: Kanetkar, Vinay
Abstract: This thesis investigates the relationship between sport resources and on-field performance in European soccer clubs. Utilizing a data set from English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, and Spanish La Liga that combines indicators of financial, human, relational, informational and organizational resources, this empirical study is based on exploratory factor analysis followed by two structural equation modeling equations. The analysis indicates that financial resources were ranked first in influence over on-field performance followed by relational resources, human resources, and informational resources respectively. One interpretation of this is that rich clubs participating in European open league system will more likely dominate on-field results conditional on the successful management of coaches, players, and relationship between them to provide a better utilization of financial spending. The implications of this micro-level study will provide soccer managers of European clubs a systematical approach to prioritize sport resources and study their effect over on-field performance. Other potential wider implications will be discussed related to the development of profitability, sponsorship and fan growth of European clubs in relation to on-field performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10081
Date: 2016-11
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