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The effect of short-term performance fluctuations on long-term performance: evidence from the English Premier League

Kuok Kei Law (NUCB Business School, Nagoya, Japan)
Matthew C-H Yeung (Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Jimmy H-T Chan (Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the effect of short-term performance fluctuations on long-term performance of football clubs.

Design/methodology/approach

This study did not develop any hypothesis for statistical testing. Instead, a database composing of 24 seasons of English Premier Club clubs’ performance was used to analyse for temporal fluctuations of club performance and examined whether such fluctuations would be substantiated in the long run.

Findings

Findings showed that club performance exhibited a non-unit root nature, which in turn suggested that clubs’ long-term performance was only temporally affected by short-term performance fluctuations, leading to the evidence that club performance tended to return to the club’s long-run equilibrium after experiencing temporary high or low positions.

Originality/value

Findings of this paper provide important information regarding the cost-benefit implications of the reactions of the club management to boost or rectify short-term performance fluctuations by, for example, replacing the club manager or head coach.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Institute of International Business and Governance, established with the substantial support of a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special administrative Region, China, for its support. They would like to thank also Prof. Graham Kendall, the action editor, and the reviewers for their valuable comments on previous versions of the paper.

Citation

Law, K.K., Yeung, M.C.-H. and Chan, J.H.-T. (2023), "The effect of short-term performance fluctuations on long-term performance: evidence from the English Premier League", Team Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-05-2022-0038

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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