The Role of Accounting and Accountability in the Professionalization of Voluntary Sports Organizations

27 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2019 Last revised: 19 Feb 2020

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Linda Melnick

University of Guelph - Department of Management

Ron Baker

University of Guelph

Date Written: January 16, 2019

Abstract

Voluntary amateur grass-roots sports organizations have been increasingly progressing from amateur and volunteer-based organizations to professional entities. This progression, prompted by increased demands for accountability, represents a significant shift in the institutional logics that define the ‘rules of the game’. The purpose of this study is to explore how changes in the accountability requirements faced by VSOs in the sport of volleyball in Canada has led to the adoption of professionalised, business-like accounting practices over time. This study explores the role of accountability in the mobilization of professionalism in an environment highly committed to the amateur ideal and the volunteerism that supports it. Findings indicate that the accounting practices adopted by volunteer leaders to address management challenges have acted as a carrier of professional values resulting in the co-existence of logics and a progression towards ‘business-like’ organizational change.

Keywords: Accountability, Amateur Sports Organizations, Institutional Logics, Professionalization

JEL Classification: M10, M41

Suggested Citation

Melnick, Linda and Baker, Ron, The Role of Accounting and Accountability in the Professionalization of Voluntary Sports Organizations (January 16, 2019). 2019 Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3316982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3316982

Linda Melnick

University of Guelph - Department of Management ( email )

50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

Ron Baker (Contact Author)

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

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