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Women’s leadership development in sport settings: Factors influencing the transformational learning experience of female managers

Majd Megheirkouni (Department of Business Systems and Operations, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK)
Muhammad Azam Roomi (Business School, MBS College for Business and Entrepreneurship, KAEC, Saudi Arabia and Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This study explores the positive and negative factors influencing transformational learning experiences of female leaders in women’s leadership development programmes in sports and examines the differences in learning/change factors cited by those who successfully addressed them and those who failed.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a qualitative research method, using phone interviews with women leaders in a sports setting.

Findings

The findings revealed that participants presented clear progress in terms of leadership skills, but they failed to report whether this progress can be achieved if the programme is running within a specific sports organisation, targeting a specific kind of sports leadership in the long term.

Research limitations/implications

There were a number of limitations for this study, e.g. selection of participants, sample size, exploratory methodology, which affected generalising the findings to other sports organisations or other countries.

Originality/value

The study provides a starting point for the exploration of the effectiveness of women leadership development programmes and how designers can evaluate the outcome of such initiatives in the UK.

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Citation

Megheirkouni, M. and Roomi, M.A. (2017), "Women’s leadership development in sport settings: Factors influencing the transformational learning experience of female managers", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 41 No. 5, pp. 467-484. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-12-2016-0085

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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